Principal Coach & Ballet Mistress
Fiona Tonkin began her career at the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 1979. At the invitation of Marilyn Jones, Fiona joined The Australian Ballet in 1980. By 1987 she had become a Principal Artist, renowned for her interpretative artistry, classicism and technical versatility.
Career highlights include dancing Aurora at the Royal Opera House London, Juliet at The Kirov Theatre St Petersburg, Flavia and Giselle at The Metropolitan Opera House New York, and opening the company’s 1992 London season as Giselle. She appeared as a guest artist with the Kirov Ballet in Swan Lake and on the Rudolf Nureyev Farewell Tour, and danced the title roles in the ABC broadcasts of La fille mal gardée and Romeo and Juliet. Fiona received Green Room Awards in 1988 and 1989.
During her 14 years with the company Fiona performed in over 70 ballets including all the major classics as well as ballets such as Onegin, Song of the Earth, Monotones, Suite en blanc, Serenade, Symphony in C, Ballet Imperial, The Four Temperaments, The Concert, Return to a Strange Land, Forgotten Land and Pillar of Fire.
Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 while guest teaching in New Zealand and Australia. In 1999 she completed The Australian Ballet School’s Teachers Course and was awarded the Australian Multicultural Foundation Scholarship.
In 2000 Artistic Director Matz Skoog appointed her Rehearsal Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She continued to work with Skoog in London as Assistant Artistic Director of the English National Ballet in 2002. Fiona returned to The Australian Ballet in 2003 at the invitation of David McAllister, and celebrated 25 years with the company in 2013.