Lucinda Dunn to direct Tanya Pearson school

Australian ballerina Lucinda Dunn OAMIt has been announced that Lucinda Dunn OAM will become the Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet in January 2015. A student of Tanya Pearson OAM since the age of 13, Dunn is one of Australia’s most celebrated prima ballerinas.


A graduate of the academy, Dunn won the Prix de Lausanne in 1988 before continuing her training at The Royal Ballet School in London. Commencing with The Australian Ballet in 1991, her stellar career has seen her perform all over the world as a principal artist and the company’s longest-serving ballerina.


With more than 50 years of teaching, Tanya Pearson established the academy 45 years ago and now has graduates in ballet companies around the world. As such, the academy is internationally recognised as one of the most highly regarded selective classical coaching academies.


Dunn has always maintained a close relationship with the academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet, often returning to coach as well as perform as a guest artist.


Lucinda Dunn as Kitri in Don QuixoteIn making the announcement, Tanya Pearson said, “I could not be more thrilled to have Luci carrying on the Tanya Pearson legacy. She is not only one of my most successful students, but also someone I hold in the highest regard as a brilliant coach and teacher and perfect to continue the national and international reputation of the academy.”


Dunn said, “I’m honoured and thrilled to be Tanya Pearson’s successor, and will aim to enrich and challenge the students of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy as Mrs. P has done over the past 50 years.”


From January 1, 2015, Dunn will be the Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet. Pearson will continue to be present as Founder, with Nicole Sharp continuing in her capacity as General Manager. For more information, see


Dunn’s final performance with The Australian Ballet will be in Sydney on Wednesday, April 23.


Photo (top): Principal Artist Lucinda Dunn of The Australian Ballet. Photo by James Braund. Photo (below): Principal Artist Lucinda Dunn loves the fiery role of Kitri in Don Quixote. Photo by Justin Smith.