Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which connects people and dance across Queensland. We offer a program of world-class productions of the best classical ballets and inspired contemporary dance works. The Company engages renowned choreographers and designers from around the world and nurtures emerging local talent by presenting exciting new works in an intimate studio series. With a culture of creativity and collaboration, complemented by an active program of engagement with our communities, Queensland Ballet has become the central hub for dance in the State. Our dancers are acclaimed for their technical excellence and versatility, and our annual program offers diversity in style, audience focus and geographic reach, with up to 100 performances in Brisbane and tours to regional Queensland.

The facilities at Queensland Ballet's home in Thomas Dixon Centre in Brisbane’s West End allow the Company to offer a full range of training and community access programs, including public dance classes. We are committed to providing a pathway for young talent through our Jette Parker Young Artist Program, Pre-Professional and Junior Programs, as well as in the Queensland Dance School of Excellence, a program offered in partnership with Education Queensland. Queensland Ballet is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence, dance education and innovative presentation of classical repertoire. With bold and confident ambitions for the future, we proudly build upon the legacy of many creative and gifted artists who have been part of the Company’s rich history since 1960. 

Queensland Ballet has two membership groups: Queensland Ballet Friends, a fundraising and social group, whose members enjoy a range of benefits and opportunities to engage with the Company; and Queensland Ballet Company Members, as prescribed in the Queensland Ballet Constitution. Company Members do not receive any tangible benefits apart from the right to vote at the Queensland Ballet AGM.

You can support your state ballet company by joining Queensland Ballet Friends or email us to request an application form for membership of The Queensland Ballet Company.

Over the Years


Queensland Ballet was established in 1960 by Charles Lisner OBE. Charles trained with Edouard Borovansky and danced with his ballet company before going to London to continue dance studies with the Sadler's Wells Ballet School. He later joined The Royal Ballet , Covent Garden. In 1953 Charles returned to Australia to open the Lisner Ballet Academy, and in 1960, the Lisner Ballet Company. The Company was re-named Queensland Ballet in 1962 and became the first ballet ensemble in Australia to tour regionally, a commitment that continues today. 


In 1974, Charles stepped down as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer, and was replaced by Harry Haythorne.


Following Harry's departure in 1978, founding Company member and Principal Dancer, Harold Collins, was appointed as Artistic Director. Harold Collins led the Company until his retirement in 1997, maintaining Charles Lisner's commitment to the creation of uniquely Australian dance, and to forging a strong and independent company. 


François Klaus was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of Queensland Ballet in 1998. During his tenure, he established training programs which are now an integral part of the Company’s operations, providing pathways for talented young people who are committed to a career in dance. Over fifteen years, François Klaus contributed many new works to the Company’s repertoire, from new productions of classic ballets to works designed especially to appeal to families. 


In 2012, Li Cunxin, an acclaimed former dancer and author of the best-selling autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, was appointed as Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director, commencing with Season 2013. 



In its rich 53-year history, Queensland Ballet has continued to prosper and grow.
The Company now enjoys international acclaim and holds a firm place in the Australian cultural landscape.

Charles Lisner OBE
Harry Haythorne
Harold Collins
François Klaus
Li Cunxin
Li Cunxin
Charles Lisner OBE
Artistic Director 1960-1974
Harry Haythorne
Artistic Director 1974-1978
Harold Collins
Artistic Director 1978 - 1997
François Klaus
Artistic Director 1998-2012
Li Cunxin
Artistic Director 2012 - Current
Li Cunxin
Artistic Director 2012 - Current

Recent Repertoire

La Sylphide


Queensland Ballet will first perform this ballet in March 2015.

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Peter Pan


Queensland Ballet will first perform this ballet in June 2015.

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The Sleeping Beauty


Queensland Ballet first performed this ballet in October 2015.

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The Nutcracker


An annual Christmas tradition first performed by Queensland Ballet in 2013.

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Giselle produced and staged by Ai-Gul Gaisina. First performed by Queensland Ballet in May 2013.

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Greg Horsman's Coppélia

Queensland Ballet first performed this ballet in April 2014.

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Romeo and Juliet

Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet

Queensland Ballet first performed this ballet in June 2014.

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Ben Stevenson's Cinderella

First performed by Queensland Ballet in April 2013.

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Annual Reports

Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2012
Annual Report 2011
Annual Report 2010