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Level 4/2 Kavanagh Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: +61 3 9669 2591

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

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PO Box 101
Kensington Park SA 5068

Phone: +61 478 034 579

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society NSW Logo black

The Arts Exchange Building
Level 4, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9252 7322

Office Hours: Monday to Friday

The Ballet Society VIC Logo black

Level 4/2 Kavanagh Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: +61 3 9669 2591

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society SA Logo black

PO Box 101
Kensington Park SA 5068

Phone: +61 478 034 579

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society NSW Logo black

The Arts Exchange Building
Level 4, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

PO Box 61
Millers Point NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9252 7322

Office Hours: Monday to Friday

The Ballet Society Ambassadors

The Ballet Society nurtures and supports a diverse membership and community of ballet lovers, to encourage, inspire and share the appreciation of ballet.

Get to Know our Ambassadors and Youth Ambassadors

Adam Bull

Adam Bull

Adam Bull began his training in Melbourne with Brian Nolan before joining The Australian Ballet School; in 2000, he represented Australia in the Paris International Ballet Competition. He graduated from The Australian Ballet School with honours in 2001 and joined The Australian Ballet in 2002. In 2008, after just six months as a senior artist, he was promoted to principal artist.

Adam danced all the major lead roles of the classical canon, and also relished the contemporary works, particularly those by George Balanchine, Graeme Murphy, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián and Alice Topp. After 22 years with The Australian Ballet, Adam retired from his distinguished career in 2023.

Adam is an avid traveler and since retirement is undertaking a lap around Australia with his partner in their new caravan ‘Bernie’! He is extremely passionate about his continual support of The Australian Ballet and upon his return is looking forward to sharing stories and experiences with the beloved supporters of The Ballet Society.

Lucinda Dunn

Lucinda Dunn

Lucinda Dunn received her early training in Sydney with Janece Graham and Tanya Pearson before going on to win a Prix de Lausanne scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School, London. While in London she also performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet and in 1991 Lucinda joined The Australian Ballet and was promoted to principal artist in 2002. She has also been awarded several scholarships to study overseas and has been partnered by many international guests of The Australian Ballet. A diverse and musical dancer with a strong technique, Lucinda excelled in the pure classical ballets and enjoyed portraying characters in story ballets, as well as the physicality of contemporary pieces.

Lucinda has won numerous awards including Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance 2008, Helpmann Award nomination for Dance Performer of the Year 2007 and 2004, Mo Award nomination for Dance Performer of the Year 2006, 2005 and 2001, Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer 2005 and Helpmann Award nominations for Best Female Dancer 2011, 2010.

As Australia’s longest-serving ballerina, Lucinda announced her retirement in 2014 and received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), for her service to the performing arts through ballet.

Paul Knobloch

Paul Knobloch

Paul Knobloch is an Honours graduate of The Australian Ballet School. After joining The Australian Ballet in 2002, he swiftly ascended to the position of soloist and in 2008 accepted the invitation to become a Premiere Danseur with Béjart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland. 

Paul is well known to ballet lovers for his creative choreographic works for The Australian Ballet School and others, as well as working and performing with The Australian Ballet over many years as a soloist, ballet master and repetiteur. Paul’s artistic prowess has led to work with companies in Europe and the United States as well as in Australia and he is committed to his advocacy for dance, seeking to explore his growth and capabilities as a choreographer.

We welcome Paul to The Ballet Society and look forward to watching him develop new works for dancers over the coming months. 

Liz Toohey

Elizabeth Toohey

Ballet Mistress & Repetiteur

Elizabeth was born in Newcastle and joined The Australian Ballet after graduating from The Australian Ballet School in 1979 and in 2017, she became a ballet mistress  and repetiteur with the company. 

Following her retirement, Elizabeth completed an Arts Administration apprenticeship with English National Ballet; she is also an internationally certified Stott Pilates instructor. In 2008 she joined the Royal Swedish Ballet’s rehabilitation team, where she worked with injured dancers and expectant mothers. During this time she developed a program, Barre for the Centre, which focuses on safe biomechanical build-up during a professional barre. She was also the company’s ballet mistress and rehearsal director. 

Liz’s career included performances with the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, and iconic roles including Peasant pas de deux at the Metropolitan Opera House. Post-retirement, she became  a certified  Stott Pilates instructor  and contributed to the Royal Swedish Ballet’s rehabilitation team.  

As a freelance teacher, she has guested with The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Estonian National Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. 

She will take the position of Principal Ballet Mistress with Stuttgart Ballet from March 2024. 

Liz Toohey

Olivia Harris

The Ballet Society NSW Scholarship Recipient 2023

Born and raised in Sydney, Olivia began dancing various styles at the age of three. Olivia also lived in Hawaii for two years, returning to Sydney at age 15 when she began her full-time ballet training at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy for two years. In 2022, she was accepted into Level 6 at The Australian Ballet School and moved to Melbourne to complete her training.

At The Australian Ballet School, Olivia was awarded the Level 6 and Level 7 Ballet Excellence Award, Graeme Murphy Contemporary Award and a scholarship from The Ballet Society NSW. In 2024, her graduate year, Olivia was seconded to The Australian Ballet to perform in their Sydney season of Études / Circle Electric.

Olivia is extremely eager to undergo a professional career in dance. In her free time, Olivia loves exploring new places, reading and hanging out with friends.