BALLET  Palmerston Ballet School



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Jin Yao


Performed 16 November 2012

“Coppelia” 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:

Adam Thurlow ( Australian Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet )
Adam ThurlovAdam Thurlow is a principal dancer with the Melbourne Ballet Company. Adam was born in Melbourne and trained with his twin brother with Lorraine Blackbourn and the Australian Ballet School.
Adam’s professional career began with the Australian Ballet under the direction of Ross Stretton where he performed many soloist and principal roles. He was promoted to the rank of soloist after only two years. In 2002 Adam joined the English National Ballet as a soloist dancing many lead classical and contemporary roles. In 2003 Adam became the first and only Australian to join the Opera National de Paris where he worked with many of the world’s top choreographers. In August 2006 Adam returned to the Australian Ballet before leaving for a freelance career in 2008.
Adam has had the great pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nureyev, Balanchine, Cranko, MacMillan, Killian, Bejart, Forsythe, Duato, Taylor and Hoy.

Career Highlights:
•    Repertoire highlights include lead roles in the following ballets; Don Quixote, Manon, Giselle, Swan Lake, Apollo, Theme and Variations, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Etudes, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Cinderella, Paquita, Le Sacre du Printemps.
•    Adam graduated with Honours and as Dux of his year at the Australian Ballet School.
•    Adam's other hobbies include golf, surfing, tennis, collecting fine wine.
•    Adam is doing an Advanced Diploma in appreciation for the wine and spirit trust.
•    In December 2010 Adam received an “Australasian Dance Assessment Sponsorship for Excellence” for Project 8 “Palette” with the Melbourne Ballet Company.
•    Performed as the Nutcracker Prince in the Palmerston Association for Dancing Inc’s production in 2011.
•    Performed as Franz in the Palmerston Association for Dancing Inc’s production of Coppelia in 2012.
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.
Jin Yao (Hong Kong Ballet)
Jin YaoJin Yao Principal - Dancer Hong Kong Ballet

Born in Jilin, China, Jin Yao graduated from Beijing Dance Academy in 1997 and joined the National Ballet of China in the same year. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003, and was later ranked top-grade China National Dancer. Jin Yao won the Bronze Prize at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2001, and a Gold Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002.

Jin received a Career Outstanding Contribution Award from the Cultural Ministry of China in 2001 and 2002. In 2004, she was invited to perform at the World Ballet Star Gala in Seoul and the Varna International Ballet Competition. She danced in The Red Detachment of Woman, Etudes; Raise the Red Lantern directed by movie director Zhang Yi-mou; classical ballets including Don Quixote and La Bayadère; and George Balanchine's ballets The Four Temperaments, Who Cares, Serenade and Allegro Brillante.

Jin Yao joined The Hong Kong Ballet as Senior Soloist in August 2004 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2005. She was awarded Dancers' Dancer of the Season and Ballet Master's Awards in Dancers' Awards held by Friends of Hong Kong Ballet. In 2007, she was awarded Hong Kong Dance Award by Hong Kong Dance Alliance for her superb performance in Giselle and Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. She received the award of “Best Artist of the Year” (dance category) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2010.

Jin Yao has danced principal roles in numerous productions of the Company including Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, The Merry Widow, Spartacus and Madama Butterfly. She has also danced the lead roles in Balanchine's ballets Theme & Variations and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux under the direct coaching of Merrill Ashley. More recently, she represented the Company at Youth America Grand Prix Gala "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow" in New York, U.S.A., the 4th International Ballet Festival in Cali, Colombia, and at the International Ballettgala XI in Dortmund, Germany.

Jin Yao visited The Australian Ballet in November 2011 as part of an artistic exchange program, she danced the role of Hanna in their 389th performance of their ballet, The Merry Widow.

Jin Yao was guest principal artist for the Palmerston Association for Dancing Inc’s production of Coppelia in 2012.