Mrs Tanya Pearson has been awarded The Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the performing arts, particularly ballet, as a teacher and mentor to young dancers.

One of the world’s pre-eminent teachers of classical ballet, Mrs Pearson is the director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Artistic Director of the Sydney City Youth Ballet.

For 50 years Mrs Pearson has worked with passion and dedication to identify, train and nurture many successful dancers who are now Principals and Soloists in Companies all around the world, including Lucinda Dunn, Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet, Lisa-Maree Cullum – Principal Artist of the Bayerisches Staatsballett (Munich), Danilo Radojevic – Associate Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, Olivia Bell – Principal Artist of The Australia Ballet, Stephanie Hancox – Soloist of the Bayerisches Staatsballett (Munich) and world renowned choreographer Tanja Liedtke, to name a few.

“I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive the Medal of The Order of Australia which I will carry with pride.  My passion for the art of ballet and being in a position to assist so many young talented Australians realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers, gives me the inspiration and energy to continue teaching every day, even at my age! I hope to continue teaching for many more years to come and pass on my knowledge and experience to others” said Mrs Pearson.

Russian born, Mrs Pearson emigrated to Australia with her family in 1948 and was first trained in ballet by Raisa Kousnetzova before joining the Borovansky Ballet.  After teaching privately for many years, in 1964 she established her first ballet school and in 1971 she founded the Company that was to become the Sydney City Youth Ballet.

Dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging dancers to shine on the world stage, for over 22 years Mrs Pearson has led annual international audition tours for students and teachers, with her students attending major competitions in Europe and the US.  In 2009 Mrs Pearson was awarded the prestigious Most Outstanding Teacher Award by her international peers at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York.

Having produced a series of 5 coaching DVD’s on her teaching methodologies, Mrs Pearson annually tours Australia and New Zealand giving Teacher and Student sharing seminars.

As many of you will know, she is currently in Europe leading her 23rd annual audition tour.