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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

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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

Backstage

...With Belle Urwin

Belle grew up in Sydney and began dance classes at the age of four. She trained at the Robyn Kirkland School of Ballet and The Australian Ballet School. She attended The Royal Ballet’s International Summer School in 2012. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2020.

Courtesy of The Australian Ballet.

 

Which production are you most looking forward to performing this year?

It’s so hard to pick just one so I’ve narrowed it down to two. Our upcoming production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has to be an all-time favourite of mine. It is such a fun, colourful ballet as well as challenging, remembering all the intricate details within the choreography. It was also my very first production I did with the company when I was in The Australian Ballet School as a graduate student, so it’s a very special ballet to me. My other production would be Carmen. It has been a dream of mine to be a part of Carmen and I can’t wait to get fully immersed in the fiery quality this ballet brings.

What roles are you performing in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

I have many roles in Alice! A few highlight roles will be performing Flowers and Cards, which I am very excited for as it’s fun, challenging repertoire. I am also a Flamingo and a Caterpillar Woman but mostly I have the very fun role of playing the Turtle in the Caucus Race, so look out for the very slow one!

Who inspires you?

I have many people who inspire me both in and outside of the studio. I’m constantly in awe of my fellow colleagues. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such strength, grace, and quality amongst all of the ranks. Outside of the studio, the women in my family continue to inspire me everyday. My mum being a nurse, and both my sisters being doctors, I learn what it is to have patience and determination, and the ability to keep pushing even when it’s tough.

What advice would you give to aspiring young dancers?

I often say to pace yourself. Ballet is not a sprint, so it’s important to listen to your body so you know when to push and when to not, otherwise you might burnout. It is also just as important to look after your mind, as it is your body. Really listen and absorb as much information from your teachers/coaches as possible and take inspiration from the amazing dancers around you.

Photo Courtesy of The Australian Ballet
Photo Lynette Wills Performing in Coppélia during The Australian Ballet’s 2019 Regional Tour