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Vicki Attard comes from Mackay, Queensland, where she studied ballet with Dawn Armstrong and Betty Meskell before her acceptance into The Australian Ballet School.

In 1985 she joined The Australian Ballet and was promoted to Coryphee in 1987, Soloiste in 1991, Senior Artiste in 1992 and Principal Artiste in 1993. She joined Sydney Dance Company for its 1989 season and rejoined The Australian Ballet in 1990.

Her many leading roles include those in In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Beyond Bach, Afternoon of a Faun, Jardi Tancat, Return to a Strange Land, Nuages, Symphony in C, Suite en Blanc, Las Hermanas and Stepping Stones, the title roles of Giselle, La Sylphide, Anna Karenina and Manon, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Clara, The Ballerina in Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Hanna in The Merry Widow, Lise in La Fille mal Gardee, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Ada in The Competition and Tatiana in Onegin. Vicki Attard created the role of Cio Cio San in the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly in 1995, the same year she won the James & Diana Ramsay Scholarship which enabled her to study in Copenhagen, London and Netherlands. 1997 included leading roles in the world premiere season of Stanton Welch’s Cinderella, Stephen Page’s Rites for the Melbourne Festival, Gemini, In the Upper Room, and Apollo. As well, she received the Mo Award for Best Female Dancer of 1996. In 1997 Ms Attard performed the roles of Nikiya in La Bayadere, Lizzie in Fall River Legend and Imogen in 1914. She also performed in Por vos Meuro and with David McAllister in El Tango as part of the Collaborations season.

Highlights of Vicki’s career included dancing Kitri on the opening night of the Washington season, the title role of Manon in Tokyo and the opening and all subsequent performances of Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly for the New York season. Other Australian Ballet tours included London, Greece, Italy, China and Russia.

Vicki retired at the end of 1999, and immediately undertook and received a Graduate Diploma in Dance Instruction. The years 2000/2001 have seen Vicki freelance teaching Australia-wide, and she was awarded the coveted Green Room Award for Best Female Performer.

Vicki has also been involved in the Dancers Company Tours for 2000/2001, in the role of Ballet Mistress. The Dancers Company is formed utilising the graduating year of students at The Australian Ballet School, and performs as the touring arm of The Australian Ballet.

Early 2001 saw Vicki assisting Stanton Welch in re-staging Madame Butterfly with The National Ballet of Canada for the ballet’s North American debut, and subsequent American seasons with Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet in 2002. Later in 2003 Vicki oversaw the final staging of Madame Butterfly for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Vicki continues to teach at many major Sydney institutions, but more recently has become the Head of Academy Ballet’s fulltime course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vicki Attard Curriculum Vitae
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