Laura Hidalgo- The Principal Dancer who achieved the ballet dream


Principal Artist Laura Hidalgo took her final curtsey onstage on Saturday 12th of December, retiring from a successful career in dance. Having spent the last 5 years of her career with Queensland Ballet, Laura feels that she has truly “exceeded the dream.”

Laura Hidalgo- The Principal Dancer who achieved the ballet dream

When Laura Hidalgo first began her ballet training in Argentina, she only considered it a hobby.

“It was just my fun thing to do. Early on I loved the discipline, and I loved the challenge of perfecting something every day, and making it effortless,” she recalls.

This hobby soon turned into full time commitment, when at the age of 13, Laura was offered a scholarship to train at the L’Institute Superieur d’Art in France. Here, she realised that she was destined to be a ballerina, and she never looked back.

With a career that spanned nearly a decade, Laura has performed for some of the most well-known ballet companies across the globe. Her professional career began in 2002 with The American Ballet Theatre, before she relocated to Europe and danced for The National Ballet and Staatstheater Nürnberg. From the very start of her career, Laura was determined to broaden her dance horizons. 

“I always wanted to be a principal dancer, that was always my goal. But along the way I realised that wasn’t my only purpose. I wanted to learn every style and have as many experiences as I could. So, I kept moving to companies with different styles to absorb knowledge, and work with all the people that I had always wanted to work with,” she says.

In 2010, Laura joined The Royal Ballet of Flanders, where after only one month with the company, she was casted in her first Principal role.

“A director with the Stuttgart ballet came to cast Oneguin, which is one of the most amazing ballets…He casted me in 4th cast, and then that first casting turned to 2nd, and then he skipped a few people and then I got my show,” she recalls.

“You never forget your first Principal role.”

After spending a total of 10 years dancing in Europe, Laura moved halfway across the world to Australia, where she was given a six-month contract with Queensland Ballet. After a brief moment of hesitation, she felt this would be the perfect opportunity for her to be a part of a ballet company that was only beginning to grow.

The rest, they say, is history.

“Those six months turned into 5 years, and I loved every minute of it, from the moment I stepped off the plane,” Laura says.

Since joining QB in 2015, Laura has danced roles that all aspiring ballerinas dream to perform. These include The Firebird in The Firebird and Mateuille in Dangerous Liaisons, both choreographed by Liam Scarlett, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She is thankful for Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO, and his drive and commitment to the artform. 

“He gave me a platform to expand as an artist, and for me that is very valuable.”

Laura’s final performance was be in 60 Dancers: 60 Stories, a collection of pieces choreographed by Queensland Ballet’s company dancers during the COVID-19 isolation period. After the challenging year that was 2020, Laura didn’t think she was even going to get her final moment on stage.

“I am very lucky to be finishing on stage, because I didn’t think that was going to be possible…I am so grateful to have that moment and be able to share it with my colleagues and everyone from the company,” she says.

“It is special to finish on something you choreographed yourself. It’s short, but it is special.”

For more information about Laura, visit https://www.queenslandballet.com.au/company/team/dancers/laura-hidalgo

Media Enquiries: Chelsea Clark| cclark@queenslandballet.com.au

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