Queensland Ballet

The Queensland Ballet, founded in 1960 by Charles Lisner OBE, is the premier ballet company of Queensland, Australia and is based in Brisbane. Queensland Ballet is one of only three full-time, professional classical ballet companies in Australia.

Queensland Ballet
General information
NameQueensland Ballet
Previous namesLisner Ballet Company
Year founded1960
FoundersCharles Lisner, OBE
Principal venueThomas Dixon Centre,
West End,
Artistic staff
Artistic DirectorLi Cunxin
Ballet MistressJanette Mulligan
Mary Li
Music DirectorAndrew Mogrelia
Ballet MasterGreg Horsman
Associated schoolsQueensland Ballet Academy
FormationPrincipal Artist
Senior Soloist
Character Artist
Company Artist
Company Apprentice
Young Artist


With 42 dancers, Queensland Ballet is a company which presents a varied repertoire of dance works. In addition to performing in Brisbane, the company tours each year to centres large and small in regional Queensland, as well as making interstate and overseas visits.

Under the artistic direction of French-born François Klaus since 1998, the company presented approximately 100 performances each year. Its repertoire ranged from popular classics and full-length story ballets to new works in a variety of dance styles by reputed Australian and international choreographers, as well as emerging local talents. Works such as The Little Mermaid, which are designed especially to appeal to children and families, are another feature of the annual program.

The company’s home is the historic Thomas Dixon Centre for Dance in Brisbane's West End. Celebrating its centenary in 2008, the building was first built as a shoe factory in 1908. It now contains four large dance studios, one of which, the Charles Lisner Studio, can be adapted as a performance venue. These facilities enable the company to offer a full range of training and community access programs.

Until the end of 2012 (when Francois Klaus and Robyn (White) Klaus left the Company, Queensland Ballet offered ballet students from as young as 11 years training in the Junior Extension and Professional Year Programs, as well as in the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (a program offered in partnership with Education Queensland).


Lisner trained with Edouard Borovansky and danced with the Borovansky Australian Ballet prior to travelling to London to continue his dance studies and education with the Sadlers Wells Ballet School. He later joined the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. In 1953, Lisner returned to Australia to open the Lisner Ballet Academy, and in 1960, the Lisner Ballet Company.

The company was renamed Queensland Ballet in 1962 and became the first ballet ensemble in Australia to tour to regional centres throughout Australia.[1] In 1974, Charles Lisner resigned as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Ballet, to be succeeded by Harry Haythorne. Following Harry's departure in 1978, founding company member and principal dancer, Harold Collins, was appointed Artistic Director. Collins led the company until his retirement in 1997, maintaining Lisner's commitment to the creation of uniquely Australian dance, and to forging a strong, independent, original, and visually intriguing company.

Collins was succeeded in 1998 by François Klaus, a respected and experienced European dancer, teacher and choreographer. Under Klaus's artistic stewardship, Queensland Ballet continued to expand, retaining and remaining a significant force in the Australian cultural landscape. In 1981, Roma Egan retired from the Australian Ballet, in order to take up the position as assistant artistic director for the Queensland Ballet. In July 2012, renowned Chinese dancer Li Cunxin was named as Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet.[1]


Dancers of the Queensland Ballet, as of 2019.[2]

Principal Artists

Name Nationality Training Other Companies
Victor Estévez  Cuba Arts School of Camagüey
Cuban National Ballet School
National Ballet of Cuba
Lucy Green  Australia Victorian College of the Arts Royal New Zealand Ballet
Laura Hidalgo  Argentina L'Institute Superieur d'Art American Ballet Theatre
Dutch National Ballet
Staatstheater Nürnberg
Royal Ballet of Flanders
Slovenian National Ballet
Camilo Ramos  Cuba Elementary School of Ballet Alejo Carpentier
Cuban National Ballet School
National Ballet of Cuba
Yanela Piñera  Cuba Center Pro-Danza
Provincial School of Ballet
Cuban National Ballet School
National Ballet of Cuba

Senior Soloists

  • Kohei Iwamoto
  • Joel Woellner


  • Vito Bernasconi
  • Mia Heathcote
  • Alexander Idaszak
  • Lina Kim
  • Georgia Swan
  • Neneka Yoshida

Character Artists

  • Paul Boyd
  • Christian Tátchev
  • Amy Hollingsworth
  • Greg Horsman
  • Mary Li
  • Janette Mulligan
  • Angus Lugsdin
  • Janette Mulligan
  • Zenia Tátcheva
  • Rachael Walsh

Company Artists

  • D'Arcy Brazier
  • Mali Comlekci
  • Luke Dimattina
  • Zach Fang
  • Josephine Frick
  • Liam Geck
  • Chiara Gonzalez
  • Serena Green
  • Tamara Hanton
  • Alyssa Kelty
  • Daniel Kempson
  • Dylan Lackey
  • Jack Lister
  • Tonia Looker
  • Vanessa Morelli
  • Eriko Nakajima
  • Libby-Rose Niederer
  • Suguru Otsuka
  • Samuel Packer
  • David Power
  • Patricio Revé
  • Lou Spichtig
  • Isabella Swietlicki
  • Pol Andres Thio
  • Rian Thompson
  • Ari Thompson
  • Laura Tosar
  • Ze Wu
  • Sophie Zoricic

Company Apprentices

  • Shaun Curtis
  • Noah Dunlop

Young Artists

Jette Parker Young Artists

  • Maggie Bryan
  • Lucy Christodoulou
  • Oscar Delbao
  • Jamie Delmonte
  • Talia Fidra
  • Clayton Forsyth
  • Renee Freeman
  • Kaho Kato
  • John Paul Lowe
  • Edward Pope
  • Charlie Slater
  • Hayley Thompson


  1. "History". Queensland Ballet. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  2. "Dancers". Queensland Ballet. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
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