West Australian Ballet farewells Principal Fiona Evans


 Principal Dancer Fiona Evans has announced her retirement from professional dancing after a long and successful career including six years with West Australian Ballet.


Fiona Evans and Matthew Lehmann

Fiona Evans and Matthew Lehmann in Onegin. Photo by Sergey Pevnev


Born in Victoria, Evans’ ballet training began with the Janice James Academy, then with Marilyn Jones and Garth Welch and The Graduate College of Dance before travelling to Munich to join the Heinz-Bosl Academy. She joined the Bavarian State Ballet and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2004.


In 2008, Evans performed as a Guest Artist with West Australian Ballet on their tour of The Red Shoes and joined the company as a full time artist in 2009, beginning with that year’s Ballet at the Quarry season. Later in 2009 she was promoted to Leading Artist. At the WA Dance Awards in November last year, Evans was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for performing Tatiana in WAB’s Onegin in 2013. She was also nominated for a 2014 Helpmann Award for the same role.


After giving birth to her second daughter late last year, Evans retires from dancing to focus on raising her children with husband and fellow Principal Dancer Sergey Pevnev.