From ballet to Broadway: dancers learn new steps

Two dancers at The Australian Ballet are plunging headlong into the world of musical theatre.

Professional development comes in many forms. For two members of The Australian Ballet it involves a leave of absence of at least six months, and the opportunity to push themselves personally and professionally by performing in a major stage musical in roles originated on Broadway.

Based on Vincente Minnelli’s 1951 film An American in Paris (itself inspired by George Gershwin’s 1928 orchestral composition of the same name) the four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical An American in Paris features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas. It is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon OBE, Artistic Associate of British company The Royal Ballet.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts