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Dana Stephensen

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 joined the senior school of The Australian Ballet School 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 Los Angeles, New York, 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 to win the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award later that year. Dana was promoted to soloist for the 2013 season.

Repertoire highlights

  • The Mistress in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon 2014
  • Rose Fairy in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker 2014
  • Wayne McGregor's Chroma 2014
  • The Duchess in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake 2012
  • 3rd Movement Principal Girl in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto 2011
  • Lead Cupid in Molto Vivace 2010
  • Guardian Swan in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake 2008-2010
  • Kitri in Don Quixote 2010 (Guest Artist with The Dancers Company)
  • DYAD 1929 2012, 2009
  • Divergence 2009
  • Pas de cinq in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc 2014, 2009
  • Mazurka in Les Sylphides 2009


Guest Appearances

  • The Dancers Company tour 2010


  • Joint winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award 2010
  • Khitercs Scholarship 2008
  • James and Pamela Mills Scholarship 2004
  • Graeme Murphy Award for Excellence in Contemporary Dance 2003

You may not know...

Dana is studying nutrition and combines her passion for dance and nutrition on her blog The Balance Point(e) (



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