BALLET  Palmerston Ballet School


Principal Dancers

Dress Rehearsal





Performed 16 November 2014

“Cinderella” was produced by the Palmerston Association for Dancing Inc ( the parent support body for Palmerston Ballet School - established 1984 ).
With the support of Charles Darwin University and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Professor Martin Jarvis OAM PhD directed and conducted the full orchestra that accompanied the ballet.

Guest International Principal Artists:

Adrian Dimitrjevitch ( past ballet master Berlin Ballet) performed the lead roles of Franz, Swanilda and Dr Coppelius.
Adrian DimitrjevitchAdrian Dimitrjevitch has been teaching for over 22 years and has developed his own method of teaching, having trained in both the Russian style of dance, and the French.

Adrian has taught for The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, International Ballet Tokyo Japan, Australian Dance Theatre, National Institute of Circus Arts and the Australian Institute of Sports, to name a few, and has been the Artistic Director of several dance companies in his successful career. With a long list of Australian and international dance and choreographic credits Adrian has a wealth of knowledge to share.

Adrian studied ballet under George Balanchine, Alexander Minz, Alexander Godunov, Vakhtang Chaboukiani & Yura and Roberto Dimitrievitch.

He worked as a Principal Dancer in Argentina, throughout Europe and Australia. He was a guest Ballet Master at the Berlin Ballet (Deutchsche Oper, Berlin) as well as Ballet Master & Assisstant Director to Meryl Tankard (in Canberra) & Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre (in Adelaide). Adrian was a guest teacher for the Sydney Dance Company and Australian Ballet.

When directing the Australian Chamber Ballet, Adrian Collaborated with members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The Australian Chamber Ballet combined chamber music, modern composers, folklore, stories and physical theatre to create projects. At the National Institute of Circus Arts he created work combining the disciplines of classical ballet, folklore, Tanz theatre and circus arts.

Adrian has worked in the performing arts for 44 years, travelling the world, and learning many different disciplines, cultures and languages on the way. These have informed his desire and ability to create works that are driven by strong story lines.
Liu Yu-Yao ( The Hong Kong Ballet )
Liu Lu-LaoLiu Yu-Yao is a principal dancer withThe Hong Kong Ballet. Liu born in Sichuan, China, Liu Yu-yao graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 2005.
She joined The Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in the same year and was promoted to soloist in 2010.
During her time with the Company, Liu Yu-yao has danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanilda in Coppélia, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle and Lin Dai Yu in The Dream of the Red Chamber, as well as roles in A Room of Her Own, Allegro Brillante, Le Grand Pas de Deux and In Light and Shadow.

In 2014, she was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her performance as Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She won the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer in 2010, and the Silver Prize in the Junior Section of China National Peach & Plum Cup in 2000. Liu Yu-yao’s guest appearances overseas include the Prix Benois de la Danse Gala performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2014, the 5th International Ballet Festival in Cali, Colombia in 2011 and the Queensland Ballet’s 50th Anniversary International Gala in Brisbane, Australia in 2010.
Wei Wei ( The Hong Kong Ballet )
Wei WeiWei Wei born in Liaoning, Wei Wei was admitted to the Attached School to Shenyang Conservatory of Music (Dance School) at age 12, then to Shenyang Conservatory of Music (Dance Major) in 2000. He received a scholarship from the conservatory in 2002 and graduated with Bachelor Degree in 2003. Wei Wei won the Third Prize in male ballet dancers category at the China National Peach and Plum Cup and 2nd Prize in ballet category at the Liaoning Juvenile Dance Competition.

Wei Wei joined The Hong Kong Ballet in September 2003 as a member of the Corps de Ballet and was promoted to Principal Dancer in March 2013. His major roles include Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Hilarion in Giselle, Prince Calaf in Turandot, The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker.