Take class with Houston Ballet Academy Director Vicki Attard! Two opportunities to take part in the master classes
9:00AM at Western Washington University Studio Commissary B. Int/Adv students, 16+ years old. There are a limited number of spots so pre-reservation is required.
5:30PM at Presence Studio (1412 Cornwall Avenue). Int/Adv students, 12+ years old. Pre-reservation is advised however on-site sign -up will be available.
Vicki Attard comes from Mackay, Queensland, where she studied ballet with Dawn Armstrong and Betty Meskell before her acceptance into The Australian Ballet School.
In 1985 she joined The Australian Ballet and was promoted to Coryphee in 1987, Soloiste in 1991, Senior Artiste in 1992 and Principal Artiste in 1993. She joined Sydney Dance Company for its 1989 season and rejoined The Australian Ballet in 1990.
Vicki performed all principal roles and many and varied leading roles during her 15 year career with the Australian Ballet. Vicki created the role of Cio Cio San in the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly in 1995, the same year she won the James & Diana Ramsay Scholarship which enabled her to study in Copenhagen, London and Netherlands.
Highlights of Vicki’s career included dancing Kitri on the opening night of the Washington season, the title role of Manon in Tokyo and the opening and all subsequent performances of Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly for the New York season. Other major Australian Ballet tours included London, Greece, Italy, China and Russia.
Vicki retired at the end of 1999, and immediately undertook and received a Graduate Diploma in Dance Instruction. Vicki began teaching Australia-wide in 2000/2001, and was awarded the coveted Green Room Award for Best Female Performer.
Vicki was also involved in the Dancers Company Tours for 2000/2001, in the role of Ballet Mistress. The Dancers Company is formed utilising the graduating year of students at The Australian Ballet School, and performs as the touring arm of The Australian Ballet.
Early 2001 saw Vicki assisting Stanton Welch in re-staging Madame Butterfly with The National Ballet of Canada for the ballet’s North American debut, and subsequent American seasons with Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet in 2002. Later in 2003 Vicki oversaw the final staging of Madame Butterfly for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and once again re-staged Madame Butterfly for The Australian Ballet in 2011.
Vicki continues to teach at many major Sydney institutions, but more recently has become the Head of Academy Ballet’s Semi Professional Programme.
Vicki has produced her own unique pointe program, entitled ‘My Pointe’, and subsequently released the dvd/cd for commercial sale in 2010. In 2012 ’My Beginner Pointe’ was released, which is an allencompassing program specifically designed for young dancers and dance teachers alike, covering the safe dance practices and aesthetic components involved in the instruction of pointe work.
This performance also received support from the Washington State Arts Commission, the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), and the National Endowment for the Arts.