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Lucinda Dunn's Key to Success

Episode 6, sponsored by Energetiks

Today I am speaking with the Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Academy, Lucinda Dunn.

Today I am speaking with the Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Academy, Lucinda Dunn. Lucinda started her life in dance destined for London’s West End - where her Mum had been a performer, but a chance meeting with a ballet teacher named Tanya Pearson saw a change of direction, and at 15 she flew to Tokyo to compete in the Prix de Lausanne—and Lucinda’s life changed. In our conversation Lucinda shares her life story—how she joined the Royal Ballet School, broke her back, before being offered a contract with the Australian Ballet—a partnership which lasted nearly 23 years and saw Lucinda become their longest serving ballerina. Now a Mum to two girls and Artistic Director of Tanya Pearson Academy, Lucinda speaks about the juggles of a 20 plus year career in dance, and what she believes young students need to make it in the world of ballet.

 Lucinda continues to work and develop rising stars at the Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Academy, while also working with and training the dancers of the Australian Ballet and other performers arriving in Sydney to perform. To continue to follow all of Lucinda’s adventures, you can follow the Tanya Pearson Academy on Insta at @Tanya_Pearson_Academy or Lucinda’s personal account at @lucinda_dunn_

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Claudia Lawson

Claudia Lawson is a dance critic based in Sydney, Australia, writing regularly for ABC Radio National, ABC Arts, and Fjord Review. After graduating with degrees in Law and Forensic Science, Claudia worked as a media lawyer for the ABC, FOXTEL and the BBC in London, where she also co-founded Street Sessions dance company. Returning to Sydney, Claudia studied medicine and now works as a doctor. She is the host of the award-winning Talking Pointes Podcast.


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