Update your browser to stay safe online

If you're seeing this message, you may need to update your browser.

Without the most up-to-date version of your browser, you may be more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, such as viruses and ransomware.

You also may have problems viewing our latest site features, as Telstra's website does not support outdated browsers. Find out more about staying safe online.

Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards

Thank you for all your votes

And the winners of the 2019 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards are….

Soloist with The Australian Ballet, Jill Ogai, was crowned the 2019 Rising Star winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards in recognition of her exceptional ballet talent and outstanding achievements this year.

And thanks to all your votes, senior artist, Marcus Morelli took out the 2019 Telstra People’s Choice Award for the second time.

Over the years, your votes have helped launch the careers of some of The Australian Ballet’s brightest stars, with eight former winners being promoted to principal artists.  We love being able to share their stories and their joy of ballet, providing inspiration for all Australians young and old.

Jill Ogai

Jill started ballet with her twin. But when she stepped into the studio, she shone as an individual. It’s shaped her into the independent woman she is today.

Marcus Morelli

Growing up, Marcus never let anything or anyone stop him from dancing. He’s found strength in ballet, both physically and mentally.

Rounding out the 2019 nominees this year were Cristiano Martino (SA), Sharni Spencer (NSW), Isobelle Dashwood (QLD) and Yichuan Wang (China).   

Isobelle Dashwood

Isobelle grew up in a family of dancers. Their support and her love for ballet have helped her grow in confidence and overcome her natural shyness.

Cristiano Martino

From learning jazz as a child, to mastering ballet, Cristiano constantly sets himself new goals. He’s determined to learn something every time he dances.

Sharni Spencer

Growing up, Sharni realised she had to set her own pace and trust in her own path. Her perseverance and patience have shaped her into the dancer she is today.

Yichuan Wang

When Yichuan started ballet, he was captivated by the energy and movement. But now, it’s become a powerful way for him to convey emotion and express himself.