Ted Miller

Classical Ballet

After many years of performing and teaching ballet, I have retired from full-time teaching. I now freelance, teaching and choreographing. This freelance work takes me to New Zealand, Noumea, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Brisbane, and many of the larger country towns. I also of freelance teaching, choreographing at most of Newcastles leading ballet studios.

My latest project was the production and choreography for the Newcastle Symphony Orchestras program "the Magic Potion".

Training

I commenced training aged fourteen and completed all R.A.D examinations.

Experience

I have had a wide and varied career in United Kingdom, Europe and of course Australia.  It would be impossible to list everything, but the following will give you some idea of my experience in the theatrical field.

  • Joined the National Ballet in Melbourne and toured Australia for a season.

  • Toured Australia and New Zealand as soloist with J.C. Williamson's production of Brigadoon.

  • Played in the 1952 revival of "The White Horse inn". In later years I reproduced the choreography for Collin Chapman's Newcastle Production.

  • In 1953 I joined the Borovansky Ballet and after completing my contract, I went to England to seek employment.

  • In 1954 I auditioned for Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet and was accepted. This company merged with the Sadlers's Wells Ballet and became "The Royal Ballet". In 1956 I was promoted to Soloiost status and danced a variety of leading roles ranging from straight classical to comedy and dramatic.

  • It was during these years that I had the opportunity to work under some of the ballet world's greatest choreographers, including Sir Frederic Ashton, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Sir Per Wright, Sir Robert Helpmann, Dame Peggy Van Prague, Alfred Rodrigos, Andrew Howard, John Cranko and the great Dame Ninette de Valoise. I was fortunate to have appeared in a number of productions starring the late Dame Margot Fonteyn.

I feel very fortunate indeed, to have had the opportunity to work with these greats of the ballet world.

During my time with the Royal Ballet, I danced in three Royal Command Performances, twice before princess Margaret, and once before the Queen Mother, to whom I was presented.

  • In 1958The Royal Ballet toured Australia, at the completion of the tour, I resigned to remain in Australia.

  • Rejoined the Borovansky Ballet as Soloist for its final season.

  • 1962 Ballet Master of West Australian Ballet under the artistic direction of Kyra Bousloff. Choreographed "the Fire at Ross' Farm" for its 1962 season. Also staged a production od Auroras Wedding for the ABC.

  • 1963 returned to Melbourne, remaining there for the next twelve years. I worked in a variety of positions during this time, including Principle Dancer in the ABC productions "The Forbidden Rite". Which was entered for the Prix de Rome.

  • I partnered the ballerina, Kathleen Gotham in many appearances in channel nines program IMT.

  • Appeared in many ABC productions for choreographer's Rex Reid and Laurel Martin one of which was the role of the wolf in "perter and the wolf"

Also worked as a ballet Master and principle dancer for ballet Victoria. (Now Defunct).

  • Ran a successful school in the city of Melbourne for several years.

  • Have been guest teacher for "the Queensland Ballet Company". Also choreographed my version of the famous Pas de Quatre of 1864 for the repertoire.

  • Returned to Newcastle in 1975 and taught for Elaine Morgan Ballet School.

  • Later opened my own Ballet School, "The Cardiff Dance Centre". Where I remained until my retirement from full time teaching.

  • For three years during this time I also worked for the drama department at the university of Newcastle in a part time capacity, teaching manners and deportment of the restoration period. I also choreographed and acted in several of their productions.

Having retired from teaching full time I am enjoying the freedom that freelancing allows me. It also gives me the satisfaction of contributing my knowledge to a broader spectrum.

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