Uncovering Petipa

Matthew Lawrence rediscovers the colourful life of the Greatest (choreographer) Of All Time.

For Australian dancer Leilani de Marco it seems the world truly is her oyster.

Trained: Alegria Dance Studios, Sydney Now: Graduate Year at Elmhurst Ballet School, in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, UK

Trained: ED5 International, Sydney Now: Swing for ‘Beauty and the Beast, the Musical’

Trained: Annette Roselli Dance Academy, Brisbane Now: English National Ballet School, London.

Studied: Adelaide College of the Arts (ACArts) Now: Australian Dance Theatre

Self-effacing, straight-forward and statuesque: these are just some words to describe this dazzling dancer. A profile by Susan Bendall.

Studied: McDonald College and the Royal Ballet School (UK). Now: Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet

Trained: Terry Simpson Dance Studios, SA Now: Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium

Trained: Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Qld Now: The Joffrey Ballet, USA.

Trained: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Now: Dancer in ‘Jurrungu Ngan-ga: Straight Talk’ for Marrugeku

Trained: Tanya Pearson Academy Now: Croatian National Theatre (HNK, Zagreb)

Trained: Queensland College of Dance Now: Apprentice, Stuttgart Ballet, Germany

Trained: National College of Dance, Newcastle Now: Trainee at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco

Ukrainian-born Natalia Kusch, on tour as Aurora in 'The Sleeping Beauty', tells of her grief for her homeland.

Studied: Queensland Ballet Academy Now: Queensland Ballet Young Artist