At the age of three Dana Stephensen began her dance training with Davidia Lind in jazz, tap, ballet and singing in her hometown of Brisbane. She later trained with Mary Heath and Sandra Ashley before studying with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 2001, obtaining her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal. She was an Interstate Associate of The Australian Ballet School before joining the senior school full-time in 2002. In her graduating year she was seconded to The Australian Ballet to perform in various seasons before joining the company full-time in 2005. She has since enjoyed international tours to New York, the UK, Auckland, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Paris. At the end of 2008, Dana was awarded the Khitercs Scholarship which enabled her to gain invaluable experience training with numerous ballet companies in Europe. Dana was promoted to Coryphée in 2010 and went on win the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award later that year. Dana was promoted to Soloist for the 2013 season.
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Dana has a passion for Natural Medicine and is studying part-time to be a Naturopath. One day she hopes to be fluent in German but still has a very long way to go. She is very well known for her on-the-floor laughing fits during quick costume changes.