Francis Lawrence

Australian Ballet Dancers Company

New York Theatre Ballet

Grand Rapids Ballet Company

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Francis was born in Melbourne, Australia where he commenced his dance training with Lorraine Blackbourn for fourteen years. Further pursuing his passion for dance, he studied at The Australian Ballet School and also toured with The Australian Ballet Dancers Company for two years. Upon graduating, he joined New York Theatre Ballet for their 30th Anniversary season. Shortly after, he went on to join The Grand Rapids Ballet Company in Michigan for three seasons, under the direction of Patricia Barker. Whilst there, he danced repertoire by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Ulysses Dove, Lew Christensen, Olivier Weavers and Mario Radacovsky.

Francis is now in his fourth season with The Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Virginia Johnson. Most recently, he has performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine (Agon, Glinka & Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux), Nacho Duato (Coming Together), Alvin Ailey (Lark Ascending), Ulysses Dove (Dancing On The Front Porch of Heaven), Frederick Franklin (Raymonda), Marius Petipa (Black Swan Pas De Deux), Robert Garland (Return, Gloria & New Bach), Donald Byrd (Contested Space) and Darrel Grand Moultrie (Vessels). Francis is based in New York and is also an active choreographer and guest teacher around the world. (via


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