At the age of three Dana Stephensen began her dance training with Davidia Lind in jazz, tap, ballet and singing in her hometown of Brisbane. She later trained with Mary Heath and Sandra Ashley before studying with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 2001, obtaining her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal. She was an Interstate Associate of The Australian Ballet School before joining the senior school full-time in 2002. In her graduating year she was seconded to The Australian Ballet to perform in various seasons before joining the company full-time in 2005.
She has since enjoyed international tours to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, London, Cardiff, Manchester, Auckland, Shanghai and Tokyo. At the end of 2008, Dana was awarded the Khitercs Scholarship which enabled her to gain invaluable experience training with numerous ballet companies in Europe. Dana was promoted to Coryphée in 2010 and went on win the prestigious Telstra Ballet Dancer Award later that year. Dana was promoted to Soloist for the 2013 season.
She has danced Principal, Soloist and Corps de ballet roles across the Classical and Contemporary Repertoire. Classical highlights include: Giselle in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Princess Florine and The Temperament Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Dawn in Coppelia, Stepmother in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella, The Mistress in MacMillan’s Manon, The Duchess in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake, Pas de Cinq in Suite en Blanc, Mazurka in Les Sylphides. Contemporary highlights include: Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929, Chroma and Infra; Tim Harbour’s Squander and Glory, Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanze and Forgotten Land, Bleecker by Reed Luplau, The Concert by Jerome Robbins and Divergence by Stanton Welch.
She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York, and is a mother to a beautiful little boy called Jasper.
Image above courtesy of Teagan Glenane rehearsing Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929