Charles Lisner

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Charles Lisner (1928 - 1988) was the founder and first artistic director of the Queensland Ballet. Born in Paris, France, Lisner emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1937. He started dancing late in life, in his early twenties, and traveled to London where he spent time with the Sadler's Wells Ballet. He later joined the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden.

In 1953, Lisner returned to Queensland after the death of his father, and established the Lisner Ballet Academy with virtually no money. From that academy grew Lisner's privately owned company, the Lisner Ballet, which was established in 1960. In 1962, the name was changed to the Queensland Ballet. Lisner stepped down as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1974.

Lisner married Valerie, one of his dancers. He was an uncredited dancer [1] in The Red Shoes (1948) [2]

Queensland Ballet studio seasons are performed in The Charles Lisner Studio Theatre of the Thomas Dixon Centre


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