BALLET  Palmerston Ballet School

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Performed 19 November 2011

Historically the first “Nutcracker” was performed accompanied by a live orchestra in Darwin.
Professor Martin Jarvis OAM PhD formed the orchestra in association with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Charles Darwin University.

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.
Madison Keesler (San Francisco Ballet)
Madison Keesler MADISON KEESLER began her dance training at the age of six with Nancy Derby Dance Arts in Colorado Springs, Colorado learning musical theater, jazz, tap, and ballet. By eight she focused her studies on ballet at the International Ballet School in Colorado. She trained for the next two years with German Zamuel, Valentina Moukhanova, and Mark and Sandra Carlson.

At the age of ten Madison moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania so that she could train at the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the tutelage of Marcia Dale Weary. While with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet she worked with a number of teachers including Laszlo Berdo, Leslie Hench, Alan Hineline, Darla Hoover, Melinda Howe, and of course Marcia Dale Weary.

Madison was CPYB’s Princess Grace Award Nominee in 2007 and a National RDA Festival Scholarship recipient. She was presented the Prestige Scholarship Award by Pointe Magazine in 2006 and was a gold medalist at the US National Youth Ballet Competition in 2004. Madison received the Outstanding Artistry Award from Russian Pointe and the Future Star Award from Dance Spirit Magazine. At the age of 10 she was a top 12 finalist in the New York City Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix.

Madison spent three summers studying with the San Francisco Ballet School. She had also been privileged to spend part of two summers studying with Ethan Stiefel in Martha’s Vineyard where she performed select roles in the Stiefel and Stars benefit performances. Other summer programs include Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Miami City Ballet School.

After finishing her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet she received a full scholarship to train with the San Francisco Ballet School. During her final student showcase she was considered “the irrepressible star here, moving with easy graciousness” by the San Francisco Gate. After her final, and successful year of training she chose to start her professional career at 17 with John Neumeier’s company The Hamburg Ballet in Germany. A year later she came back to San Francisco Ballet as a corps de ballet member.

Today Madison continues her professional career with San Francisco Ballet, and will be joining them for her fourth year as a professional dancer. During her short career Madison has already learned principal roles such as “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet, and the “Princess” in The Little Mermaid, and hopes to perform such roles in the near future. Her professional performing repertoire is vast and includes corps and soloist roles in full length productions such as Coppelia, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet , Swan Lake, and The Little Mermaid; in Balanchine works such as Serenade, Theme and Variations, and Symphony in C; as well as more modern works including Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony and Trio, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, and many of John Neumeier’s works including Nijinsky, Lady of the Camellias, Le Sacre, and The Seagull.