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International Ballet Grand Prix


Brisbane International Ballet Grand Prix has been proudly established by the Brisbane Eisteddfod to expand the opportunities available to all dancers in every corner of Australia and beyond.  City, regional and country dancers will come together with overseas visitors to enjoy experiences often limited to a select few.

A $30,000 Prize Pool will be awarded across three age divisions for continuing dance education and career progression.

All facets of the Brisbane International Ballet Grand Prix have been carefully considered in order to provide dancers with a positive, inspirational, focused learning environment and the teachers with professional feedback and stimulation in a collaborative setting.

The dancers will progress through rounds consisting of classical ballet classes and performances of a classical variation and a contemporary repertoire with each section being assessed by a jury including International and Australian Artists. Candidates will dance in a Defile’ with the professional dancers and a highlight of the event will be the Gala Performance featuring  the International jury members. 

Dancers, teachers and parents will have access to open conversation sessions with our coaches, choreographer and jury with a specific focus on cross training, high performance programming and injury prevention. Discussion will also take place on international training and the professional industry.

Brisbane Eisteddfod’s first event ran in 1892 and Brisbane International Ballet Grand Prix will ensure that the history of enriching the community through these arts initiatives continues for many years to come.

Brisbane International Ballet Grand Prix

Step in to the Light

Mara Galeazzi

International Jury Member - Royal Ballet Principal

Mara Galeazzi

Italian dancer Mara Galeazzi is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 1992 aged 18 and was promoted to First Artist in 1995, Soloist in 1998 and Principal in 2003, retiring at the end of the 2012/13 Season. She returned as a Guest Artist in the 2014/15 Season, and returned in the 2016/17 Season to dance in Woolf Works.

Galeazzi was born in Brescia and from the age of ten trained at the school of La Scala, Milan. She was awarded a Cavaliere del Lavoro medal in 2009 and the Positano Prize in 2008. Signature roles with The Royal Ballet included Juliet, Anastasia, Tatiana (Onegin), the Firebird, Giselle and Mary Vetsera (Mayerling), the role in which she made her farewell appearance as a Principal. Since retiring she has returned to The Royal Ballet to create the role of Mother (Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra) and to collaborate in Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works. Further dance work since leaving the Company includes founding the dance group M&T in Motion with Australian choreographer Tim Podesta. In 2016 she created her first piece of choreography, Remembrance, performed with Covent Garden Dance Company in Hatch House, Wiltshire.

Galeazzi is devoted to charitable work. In 2007 she founded Dancing for the Children, a charity that raises funds for charities in South Africa and Kenya that fight the spread of diseases such as AIDS and help under-privileged children explore the joys of dance.

Lucas Viallefond

International Jury Member

Lucas Viallefond

Lucas Viallefond joined Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) in contemporary dance in 2003. In 2009, he obtained his Certificate of Interpretation with honors. During his training he performed works by Angelin Preljocaj, Anna Sokolow, Alwin Nikolaïs, Paul Taylor, Christine Bastin, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Dominique Bagouet, Dominique Boivin, Daniel Larrieu and toured Europe with the Junior Ballet.

He then went to Germany to the Folkwang Hochschule to perfect himself in the method Jooss-Leeder (used and made famous by the choreographer Pina Bausch), style and philosophy with Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal dancers. He studied with Dominique Mercy, Malou Airaudo, Lutz Förster, Stephan Brinkann, Susanne Linke, JoAnn Endicott, Bénédicte Billiet, Cristiana Morganti. He performed in two creations by Leandro Kees and Félix Bürkle and created a personal solo

As a dancer, he has worked for the Company Beau Geste (director Dominique Boivin), several events, danced for Joëlle Bouvier and danced the musical Carousel at the Theatre du Châtelet.

He was part of the company at CNDC Angers (director Robert Swinston) to rework repertoire pieces by Merce Cunnignham and part of the ensemble of the Folkwang TanzStudio (repertoire of Reinhild Hoffmann, Malou Airaudo and Stephan Brinkmann).
He toured in Marocco, Japan, Montenegro, France, England, United States of America, Germany.

He danced on some Operas in Capitole of Toulouse, in Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium).

As a teacher, Lucas has taught in schools in France and abroad (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Israel, Hungary, England, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Sweden), for the Paris Opera School, the Ballet Preljocaj and Bolshoï dancers, the Cullberg… He also participated in the National Superior Music and Dance Conservatory of Paris for the training of pianists who plays for dance classes.

Following commissions he choreographed for one of the soloists of the StaatsBallet Berlin (direction Vladimir Malakhov), for students of the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, for the French Ministry of Culture, for the Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal…

Marlon Dino

International Jury Member

Marlon Dino


International Guest Artist, Marlon Dino was born in Albania and trained at the Genève Dance Center under the direction of David Allen, thereafter in 2001 he danced for the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera. In 2002 he joined the Munich Ballet, where he was promoted to Soloist before becoming a principal dancer with the Bayerisches Staatsballet. Marlon is a permanent guest star at the Dortmund Ballet and the Russell Maliphant Company where he also has worked as assistant to Russell Maliphant with Opera Lyon.


Marlon’s classical and contemporary repertoire includes the choreographic genius of Neumeier, Kylian, Forsythe and many more, partnering leading ballerina's across the globe as part of numerous productions and galas at the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Lincoln Centre and London’s Coliseum. Since 2018, Marlon has worked closely with international choreographer and director Tim Podesta for numerous projects in the UK, Paris and Australia, including staring along side former Royal Ballet Company principal artist, Mara Galeazzi in Podesta’s short film La Jeune Femme et la Mort.

Kristy Lee Denovan

Internationally Toured Jury Member

Kristy Lee Denovan

Kristy Lee Denovan was born in Melbourne, Australia and started ballet at the age of 5 years old.

In 2006 at the age of 15, Kristy was accepted into The Australian Ballet School receiving numerous scholarships and international opportunities, including being selected to represent her country at the esteemed 2008 Prix De Lausanne in Switzerland.

Upon graduation Kristy was invited to join the Australian Ballet Company where she performed roles by leading international choreographers Stanton Welch, Graeme Murphy, Alexei Ratmsta few. During her time with company she represented the company at international gala performances and was the very first recipient of the Paulette Carson Scholarship for showing great promise. 

In 2013-2017, Kristy was invigorated at the opportunity to experience more modern work and joined The Melbourne Ballet Company, performing in many original works by Lucas Jervies, Simon Hoy, Rani Luther and Tim Podesta touring nationally and internationally. It was during this period that Kristy developed her passion for Podesta’s work. Since then Kristy has been a regular guest artist in Podesta’s Projection Dance Company, performing his works across the world.

Kristy’s talents extend beyond ballet and dance and include being the face of major fashion campaigns and advertisements seen throughout Vogue and many other publications.

Tim Podesta

Guest Creative Director

Tim Podesta

Tim Podesta graduated from The Australian Ballet School and danced internationally, performing roles by some of the leading choreographers of our time. In 2006 he founded Projection Dance with collaborations crossing in to film, television, music and visual art. As a creative force Podesta has choreographed and directed works that have toured Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Africa, Europe, USA and the UK with his 2017 London premiere piece Shadow Aspect receiving critical acclaim and awarded 'Best Dance Production' at the Wales Theatre Awards. Podesta is frequently engaged as an advisor in curriculum development for leading dance institutions around the world and as a jury member for international ballet competitions.

In 2019/20 Projection Dance will tour the International Divertissement Ballet Gala, Podesta will premiere three new productions nationally and internationally as well as the international release of La Jeune Femme et la Mort, a new short film choreographed and directed by Tim Podesta featuring international ballet stars Mara Galeazzi and Marlon Dino.

Mark Brinkley OAM


Mark Brinkley

Mark Brinkley trained under Pam Petrie and Phyllis Danaher in Queensland before entering The Australian Ballet School in 1970 where he topped both years with Honours. In 1972 he joined The Australian Ballet working with such distinguished international artists as Dame Margo Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Robert Helpmann.

His many roles included those in Gemini/Monotones/Romeo and Juliet/Swan Lake/Symphony in D/The Dream/One in Five/Carmen/The Merry Widow/Lady and the Fool/Nutcracker/Tales of Hoffmann/Beyonf Twelve/Spartacus/The Concert/The Taming of the Shrew/La Fille Mal Gardee/Gaite Parisienne/Giselle/Don Quixote/Graduation Ball/Pineapple Poll and Coppelia. Promoted to Soloist in 1979 and to Senior Soloist in 1981, Mark has toured extensively overseas with The Australian Ballet on 12 occasions and he was a Guest Artist with the Company.

In 1993 Mark was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Ballet and was made a Maroochy High Achiever by Mr Fred Murry (Chairmen of The Maroochy Shire). After leaving The Australian Ballet, Mark became a staff member of The National theatre Ballet School from 1996 till the end of 1999. During the year of 2000, Mark was a Lecturer at The Australian Ballet School and From 2001 till the end of 2008 he lectured at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Mark was Appointed an International Adviser on The Royal Academy of Dance (Board of Trustees) in London and spent 4 years in the role. While in London Mark was a guest teacher with The Royal Ballet School. In 2009 Mark returned to Queensland and now freelances as teacher, adjudicator and Examiner and has taught with The West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Adelaide College of the Arts, QUT in Brisbane, Victorian College Of the Arts and a number of Private Ballet Schools.