Paul Saliba Contemporary Teacher


Paul commenced his notable career as a member of The Australian Ballet.

As a senior soloist in 1972, Paul danced in a wide spectrum of classical, demi-character and modern roles in the Australian Ballet’s repertoire. Outstanding among them are Bootface in The Lady and the Fool, Barber in Mamzelle Angot, Puck in The Dream, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliette, Gypsy Boy in both Two Pigeons and Don Quixote, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Jester in Swan Lake, Pickpocket in Carmen and Alter Ego in The Fool on the Hill.

Paul established his name as a choreographer in the early seventies and took the opportunity to create numerous works for The Australian Ballet workshops including Rapid Transit in 1977. An Australian Council grant enabled him to study at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York in 1978 – 79.

He returned to Australia in 1980 on the invitation of Graham Murphy to join the Sydney Dance Company. He created Interiors for the Company that year and a short work called One. Paul toured with the Company to Italy before returning to New York for further study. He was invited to take part in the Company’s New York, Washington, Charleston-Spoleto and London seasons, performing as Pan in Daphnis and Chloe and in One, Viridian, An Evening and Poppy. Paul settled back in Sydney in late 1982. A second Australia Council grant was awarded so that Paul could join the faculty of the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre as a teacher and choreographer.

Paul has been part of The Conlan family for xx years and enjoys the challenges of working with next generation of elite dancers.