Benois de la Danse laureate

“Heartbreakingly lovely … She seems not so much to cut the air, but carve it.” Herald Sun

Kirsty Martin had twelve years of ballet training before graduating from The Australian Ballet School under the direction of Gailene Stock.

She joined The Australian Ballet in 1996 and then Nederlands Dans Theater I in 2000, where she performed a wide range of contemporary ballets and worked with choreographers Jiri Kylian, Johan Inger and Paul Lightfoot.

Kirsty returned to The Australian Ballet in 2002 and performed in the world premiere season of Graeme Murphy▓s Swan Lake and was promoted to Principal Artist after the opening night performance of The Three Musketeers in 2003. After becoming a mother, Kirsty returned to The Australian Ballet in 2006. Stephen Baynes created the role of Raymonda on her for his glamorous new production of the same name later that year.

Repertoire highlights:
Swan Lake 2007;
Don Quixote 2007;
Apollo 2007;
After the Rain 2007;
Paquita 2007;
Symphonie Fantastique 2007;
Les Prйsages 2007;
Raymonda 2006;
Giselle 2006;
Manon 1999;
La Bayadиre 1998.

Gold medallist at the fifth Asian Pacific, Ballet Competition 1995;
Silver medallist at the Adeline Genйe, Awards 1995

You may not know… “I enjoy being a mum and having a great family life, as well as a wonderful career. A rewarding challenge!”