Photo by David Kelly

Photo by David Kelly

Queensland Ballet is delighted to announce that Company Artist Joel Woellner was today promoted to the rank of Demi-Soloist following his final performance as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.

Artistic Director Li Cunxin said he was thrilled to acknowledge Joel’s remarkable talent and outstanding dancing through this promotion.

“Anyone who has watched Joel dance, particularly over the last year, will not be at all surprised by this recognition that is due to Joel,” Mr Li said.

“Joel has consistently delivered wonderful performances in a considerable number of lead roles with our Company recently and this promotion reflects his natural ability and commitment to hard work.

“Joel joined us from Houston Ballet just under two years ago and I have constantly been impressed by his ability and dedication. It has been a delight to watch him mature as a dancer over the time he has been with us.”

Joel was recently nominated for the 2017 Australian Dance Awards in the category “Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer” for his role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Mr Li said Joel was one of those dancers that draws one’s eye when they’re on stage.

“In addition to Joel’s natural grace and bearing on stage, he also has talent and character in spades and brings that to the stage in every performance,” he said.

“Joel is just as comfortable in a character role as a villain as he is performing the lead role of Prince Siegfried as he has done so capably in this season of Swan Lake.”

“Joel’s performances always receive acclaim from audiences and critics alike and I’m so very pleased to promote him to the rank of Demi-Soloist with Queensland Ballet.”

Joel was born in Sydney and has been dancing since the age of 7. After competing in the finals of Youth America Grand Prix 2011, Joel was awarded a full scholarship to the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston. A dual prize winner of the Prix de Lausanne, Joel graduated from the Ben Stevenson Academy with the Best Dancer award. He joined Houston Ballet as an Apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2014. Whilst with Houston Ballet, Joel represented the Company at numerous dance festivals and competitions and toured extensively.

Joel’s promotion from Company Artist to Demi-Soloist is effective immediately and he will next perform in the Company’s Dance Dialogues studio season opening on 7 June.

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