ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Clare Morehen is a freelance artist and former Principal Artist of the Queensland Ballet. Clare trained at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and was accepted into the Royal Ballet Upper School at age 15. While a student, Clare performed with the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Upon graduation in 2004, Clare accepted a position with Queensland Ballet, where she was promoted to soloist in 2006 and principal in 2009. Clare has worked with numerous Australian and international choreographers, with personal highlights including: Juliet and Lady Capulet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Swanilda, in Greg Horsman’s Coppelia, Blanche in Francois Klaus’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and Catherine in Natalie Weir’s Wuthering Heights. Since departing Queensland Ballet in 2017, Clare has worked as a freelance artist guesting with The Covent Garden Dance Company, M&T in Motion and the Melbourne Ballet Company. Clare is now in demand as a coach and repetiteur in ballet academies across Queensland and a regular contributor to Dance Train magazine.

 

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

Kym Stokes trained at The National Theatre Ballet School under Gailene Stock, before being accepted into The Australian Ballet School (ABS) under Director Dame Margret Scott. She danced with The Australian Ballet Dancers Company and graduated from the ABS in 1987 with an Advanced Diploma in Dance. Upon graduation Kym accepted a contract with Queensland Ballet under then Artistic Director, Harold Collins, performing in Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Scheherazade and Alice. Following her ballet career, Kym and husband, Les Livesey, developed their own adagio and aerial act “Majestic”, performing around the world for over 20 years in various overseas companies, and in Australia at Star Casino in shows Innerve and Storm as well as many other corporate events. Kym holds a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) from QUT, and other dance training and management qualifications. A freelance teacher she specialises in classical ballet, repertoire, Pilates and aerial. Highly valued throughout the profession for her care and nurturing approach, Kym also offers private coaching for elite ballet students.