Adam Thurlow

Former Artist, Paris Opera Ballet, English National Ballet & The Australian Ballet

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

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 graduated with Honours and as Dux of his year at the Australian Ballet School.  In December 2010 Adam received an “Australasian Dance Assessment Sponsorship for Excellence” for Project 8 “Palette” with the Melbourne Ballet Company.

Employment History

  • The Paris Opera company (Opera National de Paris)
  • The Australian Ballet
  • Melbourne Ballet Company
  • English National Ballet
  • The Australian Ballet School
  • Cecchetti Ballet Australia Inc

Image courtesy of James Braund Photography