Danielle Rowe to leave The Australian Ballet at the end of 2010
Danielle Rowe, principal artist with The Australian Ballet, announced today that she will leave the company at the end of 2010.
After ten years with The Australian Ballet, Danielle will take up a senior artist post with Houston Ballet in January 2011.
The news follows the recent promotion of Daniel Gaudiello, Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones to principal artists onstage at Telstra Ballet in the Stadium in Penrith on Saturday.
Artistic Director David McAllister said The Australian Ballet were supportive of Danielle’s decision.
“Danielle is a much loved and respected dancer, who will be missed greatly by all at the company. She has achieved so much in her career, and has been beautiful to watch onstage over the years, becoming an assured and confident principal artist. We wish her all the best for the next step in her dance career,” McAllister said.
Danielle’s partner Luke Ingham, a soloist with The Australian Ballet, will join her at Houston Ballet in 2011.
Danielle’s last performance will be on Wednesday 22 December 2010 – the final show in the company’s season of The Nutcracker at the Sydney Opera House.
The Nutcracker is already sold out but audiences still have a chance to book tickets to see Danielle perform in Edge of night, opening tomorrow, Thursday 11 November.
Danielle joined The Australian Ballet in 2001. In 2003, she won the Telstra People’s Choice Award and then went on to win the award a second time in 2005 – the only dancer in the company’s history to have done so.
She was promoted to soloist in 2005, travelling to Europe that year after being awarded the Lissa Black Memorial Scholarship. After a string of stand-out roles, Danielle was promoted to senior artist in 2007.
Success in principal roles continued in 2008, including for her breakthrough role as Baroness von Rothbart in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Not long after, she was promoted to principal artist. In 2009, she was the first recipient of the Dorothy Hicks Fund, established to fund a principal artist’s salary at the company.
Later that year, she was also awarded the Walter Bourke prize, allowing her to travel to New York to perform with Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed dance company Morphoses.
Danielle says she is ready to explore new challenges. “I’m looking forward to stepping outside of my comfort zone next year by working overseas with everyone at Houston Ballet.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Australian Ballet for nurturing and guiding me throughout my career. I would also like to acknowledge my family, friends and the wonderful Australian Ballet audiences for their relentless support. Thank you."