Lucinda Dunn OAM will take her final bow at the end of the Manon season following an unprecedented 23-year career with The Australian Ballet.

One of Australia’s most loved and respected ballerinas, the principal artist and mother of two today announced that she will retire following her final performance in Sydney on Wednesday 23 April.

Born and raised in Sydney, Lucinda won the prestigious Prix de Lausanne scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School in London before joining The Australian Ballet in 1991.

Her career has included roles in all of the major classical ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, as well as leading roles in contemporary works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylián and George Balanchine to name a few.

Throughout her career Lucinda has been awarded several scholarships to study overseas, and has partnered many international guests. In 2011 Lucinda celebrated 20 years with The Australian Ballet, making her the first woman to have danced 20 years consecutively with the company. In January this year, Lucinda was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the performing arts through ballet.

Lucinda will dance the lead role in Manon in selected shows from April 3 to April 23 in theJoan Sutherland Theatre.

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