Barry Tama


Classical Ballet / Principal

Born in New Zealand, Tama trained at The Australian Ballet School. In 1999 Tama joined Queensland Ballet as a Company dancer before being promoted to Soloist in 2003. During this time the lead roles of François Klaus’s The Little Mermaid (The Prince), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Excalibur (Lancelot), Cloudland (Peter) and A Thousand and One Nights (The Sultan and Prince Ajib) were created on Tama, and he also performed lead roles in François Klaus’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desire, Bluebird), Peer Gynt (title role), Don Quixote (Basilio), The Nutcracker (Prince, Arabian), and Jean Coralli and Jules Perrots’ Giselle (Prince Albrecht). In addition to full works, Tama performed in numerous short works created by Queensland Ballet’s resident and guest choreographers including Natalie Weir, William Forsythe, Stephan Thoss, John Neumeier, Paul Boyd and Davide Bambana. As well as being awarded several scholarships, Tama was named ‘Dancer to Watch’ by Dance Australia in 2001.

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