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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Joined ABT 2012
Photo: Jade Young
Born in Newcastle, Australia, Stephanie Williams began her training at the age of 8 at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy before relocating to Melbourne to complete her training with The Australian Ballet School. In 2005, Williams was awarded the Gold Medal at the 10th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo before graduating from The Australian Ballet School with Honours and as Dux of her year. Upon her graduation she performed the dual role of Odette/Odile in the traditional Swan Lake.
Williams joined The Australian Ballet in 2007 as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to coryphée in 2008. During her time with The Australian Ballet her repertoire included Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun with international guest artist Cedric Ygnace, Idée Fixe in Kryzsztof Pastor’s Symphonie Fantastique, Prelude, solo and pas de deux in Les Sylphides, Cigarette solo and pas de deux in Suite en Blanc, Prayer in Coppélia, Lilac Fairy and Earth Fairy in Stanton Welch’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero.
In 2009, Williams was a guest artist with Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses, performing principal roles in Commedia and Fools Paradise. Later that year she worked with Wayne McGregor creating a role in his work Dyad 1929 and becoming the youngest ever winner of The Australian Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year award, as well as the people’s choice award.
Starting in August 2011, Williams spent six months with Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam before joining ABT as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2012. Her repertoire includes the Lead D’Jampe and a Shade in La Bayadère, Fairy Summer in Cinderella, Mazurka Lady in Coppélia, Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Zulma in Giselle, Spanish Dance and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Carnival Dancer in Othello, a Harlot and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Fleur de farine (Wheat flower) and the Countess in Retmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Fairy of Charity in The Sleeping Beauty, pas de trois and a big swan in Swan Lake, and roles in After You, Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Company B, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, I Feel The Earth Move, Raymonda Divertissements and With a Chance of Rain.
She created the Gold Fairy in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, leading roles in AFTERITE and Her Notes, and featured roles in AfterEffect and Songs of Bukovina.
Ms. Williams's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Joe Chai, and Emily and James Levin.
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