Stanton Welch awarded Order Of Australia

Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton WelchHouston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch was awarded the Order of Australia for his contributions to the world of dance. The award recognizes his significant service to the performing arts as a ballet dancer, mentor, choreographer and artistic director. The prestigious Order of Australia Award, established in 1975, is bestowed on Australian citizens for meritorious service in a particular area or field of activity.


“I am exceptionally humbled to receive this recognition. One of the greatest privileges in my life is the ability to create and share dance with audiences around the world, so it gives me immense pleasure and pride to have my hard work and passion recognized. I am a proud Australian and to be awarded the Order of Australia is a great honor,” said Mr. Welch.  


Mr. Welch was born in Melbourne, Australia to Marilyn Jones, O.B.E. and Garth Welch, AM, two of Australia’s most gifted dancers of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1989 he began dancing with The Australian Ballet, where he rose to the rank of leading soloist. In 1995, Mr. Welch was named resident choreographer of The Australian Ballet. Mr. Welch has also created works for such prestigious international companies as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet.


In 2003, Mr. Welch assumed leadership of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth largest ballet company. Since he took the helm of the company, Mr. Welch has revitalized Houston Ballet, bringing in new dancers, commissioning new works and attracting a top-flight artistic staff. For Houston Ballet he has choreographed more than 20 new works, including a new full-length narrative ballet Marie (2009) inspired by the life of the legendary Marie Antoinette and spectacular stagings of Swan Lake (2006), La Bayadère (2010) and Romeo and Juliet (2015). 


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Photo: Stanton Welch. Photo by Amitava Sarkar and courtesy of Houston Ballet.