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Lucinda Dunn OAM

"Lucinda Dunn is a superstar …"

Sunday Herald Sun

Lucinda Dunn OAM received her early training in Sydney with Janece Graham and Tanya Pearson before going on to win a Prix de Lausanne scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School, London. While in London she also performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 1991 Lucinda joined The Australian Ballet and was promoted to principal artist in 2002. She has also been awarded several scholarships to study overseas and has been partnered by many international guests of The Australian Ballet. A diverse and musical dancer with a strong technique, Lucinda excels in the pure classical ballets and enjoys portraying characters in story ballets, as well as the physicality of contemporary pieces.

Repertoire highlights

In addition to the ballerina roles in all of the major classical ballets such as Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Coppélia, a particular career highlight for Lucinda was dancing the world premiere of Stanton Welch's The Sleeping Beauty in 2005 and most recently, dancing Firebird and Nutcracker - The Story of Clara by Graeme Murphy. Other highlights include her performances on The Australian Ballet's tours to London, Tokyo, Italy, Shanghai and New York, as well as dancing lead roles in contemporary works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylián, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Nicolo Fonte and Stephen Baynes.

Guest appearances

  • The Royal Danish Ballet
  • Le Jeune Ballet de France
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • World Ballet Festival, Tokyo 2009, 2006
  • Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company 2009


  • Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance 2008
  • Helpmann Award nomination for Dance Performer of the Year 2007 and 2004
  • Mo Award nomination for Dance Performer of the Year 2006, 2005 and 2001
  • Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer 2005
  • Helpmann Award nominations for Best Female Dancer 2011, 2010

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Lucinda and husband Danilo are proud parents of two daughters, Claudia and Ava.



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