Jayne Smeulders

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Jayne Smeulders CitWA


Born in Dampier, Western Australia, Jayne began her ballet training at Jody Marshall Dance Company. She studied at the Graduate College of Dance. In 1993 Jayne received a scholarship to finish her studies in Germany at Hamburg Staatsope GmbG Ballettschule.


Before joining West Australian Ballet in 1999, Jayne performed for four years with Nederlands Dans Theater II. She accompanied NDT on tours to most major theatres all over the world. During her time at NDT Jayne worked with many internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Paul Lightfoot, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Lionel Hoche, Johan Inge and Gideon Obarzanek.


Over the past 14 years Jayne has enjoyed dancing in many ballets, standouts being Stephen Page’s Mundajali, Uwe Scholz’s 7th Symphony, Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries and Kate in Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew. Since returning to Perth, Jayne has choreographed a number of ballets to much acclaim including Sway for Ballet Under the Stars 2001, When Strangers Meet, for Ballet at the Quarry 2004, Black Attitude for Ballet at the Quarry 2006 and Tango Etudes for Ballet at the Quarry 2008. In 2011, Jayne choreographed her first full-length show for West Australian Ballet Cinderella.


During her time with West Australian Ballet Jayne has danced many lead roles and worked with choreographers such as Ted Bransen, Natalie Weir, Adrian Burnett, Chrissie Parrott, Simon Dow, Matjash Mrozewski, Askhat Galiamov, Petr Zuska, Kim McCarthy, Ashley Page and Stephen Page. Jayne was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2003, awarded a WA Dance Award for most outstanding female dancer in 2008, and promoted to Leading Artist in February 2008. Jayne has danced the roles of Kate in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew with Stuttgart Ballet’s principal artist Filip Barankiewicz, Clara in Ivan Cavallari’s The Nutcracker and the title role in Giselle with guest Principal Artist Ivan Gil-Ortega. Also in 2009, she was awarded the West Australian Citizen of the Year for her services to arts, culture and entertainment. In 2010 Jayne took a short break for the birth of her son Cooper and returned for company’s May season of to dance the role of Kitri in Lucette Aldous’ Don Quixoee and the Lilac Fairy in Marcia Haydées’ The Sleeping Beauty.