Joel Woellner

Joel Woellner

Principal Artist

Joel Woellner

Introducing Joel

Born in Sydney, Joel started dancing at the age of 7 at Ettingshausens Dynamic Arts. He then studied at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston for 2 years. After graduating, Joel was offered a position at the Houston Ballet before coming back home to Australia and becoming a Company Dancer with Queensland Ballet in 2015. In 2017 he was promoted to Soloist, Senior Soloist in 2018 and promoted after his performance as the Prince in The Sleeping Beauty he was promoted to Principal Artist.  

 

Repertoire Highlights  

  • "Oberon" in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream  
  • "Principal" in Rhapsody in Blue from Derek Deane’s Strictly Gershwin  
  • "Bluebird" in Greg Horsman’s The Sleeping Beauty  
  • Jiri Kylan’s Petite Morte and Soldiers Mass  
  • Edward Liang’s Murmuration  
  • Harald Lander’s Etudes  
  • Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow  
  • "Prince" in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker  
  • "Principal" in Greg Horsman’s Verdi Variations  
  • "Solar" in Greg horseman’s La Bayadere   
  • "Siegfried" in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake  
  • Liam Scarlett’s Firebird and Dangerous Liaisons   

 

 

Professional accolades  

  • Finalist of Youth America Grand Prix 2011 
  • Full scholarship to the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston, Texas as part of the Houston Ballet 2 Company 
  • Graduated from the Ben Stevenson Academy with “Best Dancer” award 
  • Dual prize winner of the Prix de Lausanne 
  • Represented Houston Ballet at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts 

 

Did you know… 

Initially, Joel wasn’t interested in taking up ballet. Drama, singing and jazz were the first classes he took when he expressed an interest in dance, until his mother convinced him to try ballet.  

 

“Ballet is an artform first. It’s an expression of you. Protect your love for your artform and never stop trying to perfect what it is you can do.” 

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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