Paul Boyd

Born and raised in Wagga Wagga, Australia, Paul studied all styles of dance from a very early age under the guidance of Beverley Waters. Further studies were with Robert O'Kell, Bryan Lawrence, Janet Karin, The Australian Ballet School and Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo.His first professional engagement in 1978 was with the American touring company “Fabulous Flintstones on Parade” where he toured Australia, America and Mexico.

Paul went on to have a very successful 25 year career as a dancer. He was Principal Dancer for 20 years with 4 leading European ballet companies: the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf/Germany, the Stadtische Buhnen Dortmund/Germany, Oper der Stadt Bonn/Germany and the Basler Ballet/Switzerland. After returning to Australia he spent 10 years as Principal Dancer, Company Coach and Choreogrpaher with Queensland Ballet.

He received the German Critics Award for “The Best Up and Coming Artist” and “The Best Established Artist” in Europe and was Guest Artist in Germany, Italy, Monte Carlo, America, Israel, South Africa, Spain, France, Switzerland and Taiwan.

In 1993 he danced the title role in the Youri Vamos production of  “Spartacus” partnering American born ballerina Joyce Cuoco at the famous Summer Festival in the Arena di Verona – Verona, Italy.

His extensive repertoire included Principal roles from all the major classics including Swan Lake, Spartacus, Giselle, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. He danced works from the following major international choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Matz Ek, William Forsythe, Youri Vamos, John Neumeier, Nils Christe, Balanchine, Roland Petit, Hans van Mannen, Judith Jamison, Stephan Thoss, Natalie Weir, John Butler, Francois Klaus, Peter Breuer and Heinz Spoerli.

Choreographic works from Paul have been taken into the repertoires of many major companies and dance institutions throughout the world including, The Australian Ballet (Bodytorque season), Queensland Ballet, Oper der Stadt Bonn/Germany, Basel Ballet/Switzerland, Suzhou Ballet Theatre, China, The Royal Ballet School/London, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, WAAPA, QUT, Sydney City Youth Ballet and Graduate College of Dance/Perth. His ballets have been toured to New York, Japan, Dubai, Covent Garden/London, Stuttgart/Germany.

At the invitation of former Royal Ballet Senior Principal and Hong Kong Ballet Director, Stephen Jefferies, Paul spent 3 months assisting in establishing the Suzhou Ballet Theatre in China during early 2008. During his time there he acted as Interim Dance Director and helped establish the repertoire of the company as well as Ballet Master and coaching responsibilities.

Paul was the official choreographer for Pope Benedicts Vigil Service as part of “World Youth Day” held in Sydney, Australia  in July 2008. The work especially created for this occasion was nationally and globally televised from Randwick Racecourse and was viewed by 300,000 pilgrims.

Paul visited New York in April 2009 as his work was presented at the international ballet competition, “The Youth American Grand Prix”.

Paul was Guest Teacher for the  Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 and in 2011 was Guest Teacher for the West Australian Ballet and continues his association with Queensland Ballet as Guest Teacher for the company, Pre Professional Year and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

In July of 2011 Paul travelled to Hong Kong to stage his full length production of the “Polar Express” where it premiered with the Hong Kong Ballet Group in August 2011.

In February 2012 Paul remounted his work “Uneven Ground” for the Graduating Students of the Royal Ballet School in London and the work had performances at the Linbury Theatre and the Main Stage of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in July 2012.

In August of 2012 Pauls production of “A Celebration in Dance” in honour of well known Sydney teacher Tanya Pearson premiered at the NIDA Parade Theatre, Sydney.
Dancers from Hamburg, Amsterdam, Munich and other European dance companies and schools  performed and choreographies from Liedtke, Cranko, Neumeier and Ashton were presented.

Further international commitments in 2012 took Paul to Hong Kong as Guest Judge at the Hong Kong International Competition and Guest Teacher at the Architanz Dance Centre in Tokyo.

2013 takes Paul to Hamburg, Germany as Guest Choreographer for John Neumeier's Bundesjugendballett, Guest Teacher for the ballet company of Dresden's Semperoper in Germany and a return to Tokyo's Architanz.
At the invitaion of Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of Queensland Ballets and of “Mao's Last Dancer” book and film fame, Paul has been invited as Teacher and Guest Artist with Queensland Ballet.