Clare Morehen —

Clare Morehen
Principal Dancer

Clare was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London in 2001 after attending the Victorian College of the Arts. While a student, Clare performed with the Royal Ballet Company in several productions, including seasons of The Sleeping Beauty and Manon.

In 2004 Clare accepted a contract with Birmingham Royal Ballet for the company’s tour of North England, and later that year returned to Australia to join Queensland Ballet.  

Clare was promoted to Soloist in October 2007. She was then promoted to Principal Dancer in July 2009.

Repertoire highlights

  • Cinderella in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella

  • Giselle in Ai-Gul Gaisina's Giselle

  • Snow Queen in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker

  • Bluebird, Lilac Fairy and Aurora in François Klaus’s The Sleeping Beauty

  • Juliet in François Klaus’s Romeo & Juliet

  • Catherine in Natalie Weir’s Wuthering Heights

  • Hippolyta/Titania in Francois Klaus’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Mathilde Kschessinska and Odette in François Klaus’s Swan Lake

  • Blanche in François Klaus's A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Nils Christe’s Short Dialogues

Did you know?

  • Clare couldnt do the splits under she was 10 years old. Now she can penchée!

  • Clare enjoys painting and has painted several images of Queensland Ballet dancers.

  • Clare loves space, she spends her spare time watching space documentaries (while sewing pointe shoes)

What do you love about ballet the most?

"I'm not sure that I can pick just one! Ballet is my passion; I love the way my body and muscles feel when I train and the exhilaration of reaching a new milestone. The pure joy and adrenaline experienced during a performance is something so unique and unparalleled. I love the beautiful relationships I am able to develop within of the art form. There is nothing like sharing the stage with another, creating memories and bringing life to a production."

 

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Blog

Why Dance?

Dance is a profession of extremes. There are extreme highs and extreme lows, as well as many physical and mental challenges.

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A Ballet Life

As a senior artist, I’m asked a lot of questions from ballet lovers, students, teachers and parents. The main one, especially from students, is this - “How do you make it as a dancer?"

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Ups and Downs, or just ups…

Life as dancers is tough. Whether you’re a young hobbyist, training student or professional, there are many hiccups and setbacks that we feel...

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Man Vs Machine…

So much of what we do in society today revolves around machines and technology. 

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Revisiting repertoire

Dancers are driven by challenge. The desire to execute new skills, techniques and choreography. 

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Competitions; Good or Bad?

My utmost belief is that dance is an art and should remain that way. 

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So, who knows best?

Who has the most knowledge and ability to harness talent and fast-track achievement?

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Injury, The Unspoken Reality

I am sharing my story because injuries, time off and rehabilitation are a regular part of life for dancers. 

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Reflection with Clare Morehen

Days before the official end of Queensland Ballets’ 2015 season, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on the year that was.

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The Defining Moment

Each of us have a unique approach to life and the way we choose to live it. Our days are structured by the guidelines and parameters we set for ourselves. What is important? Who is important? 

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The Art of Being ‘Normal’

It takes years and years of training to become a professional ballet dancer. Students spend hours a day learning the intricate technique and language, perfecting their skills and sculpting their physiques.

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Transformation - Becoming a Character

I start with the basics and asking myself: Who is my character? How old am I? Where and when is this story taking place? What are my personality traits? Who are the characters around me? What are my relationships like? What is my past?

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The Most Important Part of a Dancer’s Body

The ability of a dancer to take on information and apply it will always make them stand out over a dancer with pretty legs and feet.

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The Ghosts of Ballerinas Past

The ghosts of ballerinas past provide artists of today with reflection and vision. We must learn from them, improve our abilities and enhance our own unique qualities.

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Was It Something I Said?

Auditions can be daunting given the uncertainty that surrounds them, but there are many things within your control and power.  

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Touring Hoodies

I have seen many places, explored new towns and discovered the Great Barrier Reef, but above all things, it is the people I've met and the friends I have made that make touring such a joyous and unbelievable experience.

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