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SERGEY PEVNEV

Director

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sergey trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy before dancing with Eifman Contemporary Ballet Theatre, the Kirov Ballet and Konstantin Tachkin Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre. Sergey joined West Australian Ballet as a full-time member in 2004 after performing a guest role in 2003 and was promoted to Leading Artist in April 2009.

 

Sergey’s favourite roles include Petruchio in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo in Youri Vamos’ Romeo and Juliet and Albrecht in Giselle. Sergey has received a Diploma from the Perm International Competition. In 2009 and 2010 he won the Outstanding Performance award for a Male Dancer at the WA Dance Awards, firstly for his role as Albrecht in WAB’s Giselle, followed by his performance as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Yuri Vamos.

 

Currently Sergey also teaches at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), John Curtin College of the Arts and Perth City Ballet. Sergey has restaged two full length ballets for Perth City Ballet, Giselle in 2012 and Swan Lake in 2014.

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FIONA PEVNEVA

Co-Director

Born in Victoria, Fiona’s ballet training began with the Janice James Academy, then with Marilyn Jones and Garth Welch before traveling to Munich to join the Heinz-Bosl Academy. After only a year and a half at the Academy she was offered a contract to join the Bavarian State Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 2004.

 

In 2008, Fiona performed as a Guest Artist with the West Australian Ballet on their tour of The Red Shoes and joined the company as a full-time artist in 2009, beginning with that year’s Ballet at the Quarry season. Later in 2009 she was promoted to Leading Artist and Principal dancer. At the WA Dance Awards in November 2014, Fiona won the Outstanding Performance award for a Female Dancer for performing Tatiana in WAB’s Onegin. She was also nominated for a 2014 Helpmann Award for the same role.

 

After the birth of her second daughter, Fiona retired from dancing to focus on teaching but was known professionally as Fiona Evans. 

DAVID MACK

Head of Contemporary

David began his training at the Victorian College of Arts in 1998 finishing his secondary school education and completing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.

After briefly freelancing while studying, he joined West Australian Ballet in 2002 and stayed with the Company until the end of 2003. In June 2004 David joined the Rambert Dance Company in London where he spent two years performing principal and soloist roles in works by Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela, Wayne McGregor, Fredrick Ashton, Kim Branstrup and Michael Clark.

In 2006 David was invited to work with Javier de Frutos at Phoenix Dance Theatre. The Company toured extensively performing at the Venice Biennale and all over the UK.

In 2008 he returned to West Australian Ballet as a soloist and choreographed his first work Papillon in the 2009 Genesis season.

David joined the Sydney Dance Company in 2014.  He performed in numerous productions including Interplay (2014), 2 One Another (2014), Louder Than Words (2014), New Breed (2014 and 2015), Frame of Mind (2015), Triptych (2015) and Illuminated (2015). David was also part of Mira Calix’s Inside There Falls installation for Sydney Festival (2015).

David was recently awarded the 2015 Green Room Award for ‘Best Male Dancer’ for Quintett & Frame of Mind.

Frame of Mind has taken out multiple awards including the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’, and the 2015 Green Room Award for ‘Best Duet & Ensemble Performance’.

David retired from the Sydney Dance Company in June 2016 and is now the Head of Contemporary Dance at Pevnev Ballet Academy.

CAROLE HILL

Head of RAD Vocational 

REGISTERED RAD TEACHER

Ms Carole Hill trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and is a former Principal dancer with London Festival Ballet and Soloist with the Royal Ballet.

 

Ms Hill’s talent was recognised by Dame Ninette de Valois at the age of 10 when she was offered a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School where she trained until 17.  She was then invited into the main company of the Royal Ballet at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

 

Dancing alongside principal dancers such as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev and working with great choreographers including Ashton, Balanchine, MacMillan and Massine was wonderful experience and Ms Hill was soon promoted to soloist.  During her eleven years with the Royal Ballet Ms Hill danced all over Europe and America dancing many ballerina roles, most notably Swanhilda in Coppelia at “the Met” in New York where she received a standing ovation.

 

In 1973 Ms Hill was invited to London Festival Ballet, now The English National Ballet, as a ballerina and spent 12 years there, including touring with the company to China and Australia, with Nureyev’s production of the Sleeping Beauty.

 

After the birth of her third son Ms Hill finally retired from performing and immigrated to Perth in 1987 where she has enjoyed a career shift into teaching and nurturing young dancers.  After several years as a valued faculty member Ms Hill was appointed Senior School Principal in 2015. 

 

Ms Hill continues to be a guest performer with the West Australian Ballet, most notably in recent productions of The Red Shoes, Onegin and Giselle. 

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LAURA PEDRO

Head of Character

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Laura began her dance training at the tender age of five a the Pio-X Conservatory of Music and Dance in Jundiai, moving to the prestigious Halina Biernaska Ballet Academy to complete her studies in dance.

 

Laura has a wide and varied professional resume including company membership with Pio-X Dance Company, UNICIRCO Circus Company as Dancer and Choreographer, entertainer with International Hotels Magic Life Resorts in Turkey and Greece and more recently in Perth, Kuerazo Latin Dance productions as Choreograher and guest soloist with Perth City Ballet.

 

Laura has trained extensively in the RAD style of classical dance and qualified member of the Union of Dance Teachers from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Laura specialises in Moiseev Character Syllabus and brings her expertise to the dancers at Pevnev Ballet Academy.

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