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Natasha Kusen

Born in Sydney, Natasha began dancing at the age of four. She trained with Nicholina Kuner's Academy Ballet in Randwick. In 2001 Natasha won a scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne to study at The Royal Ballet School in London. While she was still a student, Natasha toured with The Royal Ballet Company to Australia in 2002 and Russia in 2003. Upon graduation in 2003, Natasha came home to Australia to join The Australian Ballet. In 2006 she was the recipient of the George Garratt Scholarship, which enabled her to gain valuable experience visiting various European ballet companies. Natasha was promoted to soloist in June 2013.

Repertoire highlights

  • Suzuki in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly 2011
  • The Red Queen in Ninette de Valois' Checkmate 2011
  • Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto 2011
  • Alice Topp's Scope 2011
  • Shade Variation, La Bayadère 2010
  • Prayer in Peggy van Praagh's Coppélia 2010
  • Robert Curran's Fold 2010
  • Nacho Duato's Por vos Muero 2009
  • Stanton Welch's Divergence 2009
  • Calliope in George Balanchine's Apollo 2009
  • Water Fairy in Stanton Welch's The Sleeping Beauty 2009
  • Jiří Kylián's Stepping Stones 2005
  • Christopher Wheeldon's Continuum 2004
  • Nicolo Fonte's Almost Tango 2004

You might not know …

At the beginning of 2009, Natasha took part in a dancer exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet and spent three months with the company, where she performed in their production of The Nutcracker.

 

Awards

  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2010
 

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