Dawn Weller – SIBA 2020 Guest Teacher
DAWN WELLER – International coach, producer and guest teacher.
Dawn joined The State Theater Ballet at an early age and moved rapidly through the ranks to principal dancer status by the age of 19. During her career as a dancer, she built up an extensive repertoire that included all the major classics, full-length dramatic works, and works created for her by leading 20th century choreographers.
Dawn has been the subject of a book (Dawn Weller: Portrait of a ballerina) Her contribution to dance was acknowledged by South Africa when she was awarded the Order of Meritorious Service Silver (O.M.S.S). Dawn is cited in the Oxford Dictionary of Dance as a “musical and dramatic dancer” and, amongst other achievements, for her appointment as artistic director.
Appointed Artistic Director of the State Theatre Ballet a position she held for 17 years, Dawn acquired for the company works by many of the world’s leading choreographer.
Her lavish full-length production of La Bayadere was taken into the repertoire of three major companies including Hong Kong Ballet.
Dawn was the founding Director of the contemporary State Theatre Dance Company, The State Theatre Ballet School and a founder trustee of President Nelson Mandela’s Arts & Culture Trust.
On moving to Australia, Dawn was appointed Director of The Graduate College of Dance Perth Western Australia, a position she held from 2002 until retiring in 2019.
She is regularly invited as a guest teacher at national and international summer schools. Dawn has served on the jury of many international competitions including the VIII Moscow International Ballet Competition chaired by Yuri Gregorovich and headed by the legendary Galina Ulanova.
Dawn has been a panellist for the South African International Ballet Competition in Cape Town; the World Ballet Competition in Sibiu Romania and the VIBE Competition in Vienna and the Lucie Saranova Competition in Australia.
In 2019 Dawn was invited to coach principals and assist with the staging of Johanesburg Ballet’s production of Giselle featuring international guest artist Anais Chalendard.