• Adam Thurlow, Patron, Melbourne Academy of the Arts
Adam Thurlow, Patron, Melbourne Academy of the Arts

Adam Thurlow was born in Melbourne and trained with his twin brother at Lorraine Blackburn School of Dance and the Australian Ballet School where he graduated with Honours and as Dux of his year. 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 then 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 his career he has had the great pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nureyev, Balanchine, Cranko, MacMillan, Killian, Bejart, Forsythe, Duato, Taylor and Hoy.

In August 2006 Adam returned to the Australian Ballet & was also made a Principal of Melbourne Ballet Company before leaving for a freelance career in 2008. In December 2010 Adam received an “Australasian Dance Assessment Sponsorship for Excellence” for Project 8 “Palette” with the Melbourne Ballet Company

Career & 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 Pritemps.

  • Adam Thurlow, Patron, Melbourne Academy of the Arts