Graeme is an experienced teacher who has worked in the vocational education and training and higher education dance sectors.
Born and raised in Brisbane he started dancing at age 17, training with Meryl Hughes and Phyllis Danaher MBE and with Mary Heath at the Queensland Ballet School. He later trained at the National Theatre School in Melbourne then in London with Errol Addison, Anna Northcote and David Blair.
In 1974 he joined London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), and toured throughout the UK, France, Belgium and Spain, performing major classics and works by celebrated choreographers Michel Fokine, Leonid Massine, George Balanchine, Ronald Hynd, Mary Skeaping, Barry Moreland and Rudolf Nureyev.
He worked with Nureyev in his lavish production of Sleeping Beauty, with performances in London and Paris and on tour to Australia.
In 1975 he joined the Royal Swedish Ballet, performing in works by Frederic Ashton, John Cranko, Jerome Robbins and Glen Tetley.
In 1976 he joined Pact Ballet in Johannesburg South Africa, and following a period of training in New York with renowned teacher David Howard, he was promoted to senior soloist and leading character artist.
Graeme performed in works by Frederic Ashton (The Dream, La Fille mal gardee, Les Rendezvous and Monotones II), and in works by Nicholas Berizoff, Andre Prokovsky, Ronald Hynd, Ashley Killar and Valery Panov, and also worked with Natalia Markarova, Eva Evdokimova, Galina Samsova and Dame Merle Park.
In 1980 he worked with choreographer and dance anthropologist Sylvia Glasser and her trailblazing South African company, Moving into Dance Mophatong.
In 1984 he returned to Australia to dance with Queensland Ballet, and in 1985 was appointed coordinator of Queensland Dance School of Excellence.
In 1986 he joined the full-time faculty at Queensland University of Technology, coordinating their 2-year performance-focused Associate Degree program in dance.
In 1992 he undertook studies in Adult and Vocational Teaching at Griffith University, and independent studies in art and history through the University of Copenhagen. He studied the Bournonville ballet technique and style at the Royal Danish Ballet, and observed training methods at the Paris Opera Ballet School and London’s Royal Ballet School.
In 1996 he was appointed Head of Ballet for the School of Dance Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, providing academic and artistic leadership for ballet over the next 15 years. In 2011 he was offered a Visiting Chair Professorship as a ballet specialist for the School of Dance Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
In 2014 he presented the opening keynote address at the International Dance and Creativity Conference at Chinese Culture University Taipei, and also gave an open lecture on practice-led research in dance training and performance for the Taiwan Dance Research Society.
In 2015 he was invited by Taiwan Ministry of Education and Taiwan University to present workshops for dance teachers in schools, and was also invited as Artistic Director for music and dance youth performances for the Kaohsiung Cultural Bureau’s Spring Arts Festival.
In late 2015 he returned to Australia, and in 2016-17 he was invited as external examiner for ballet at QUT and external assessor for MFA choreographic projects at the HKAPA.
As a guest teacher he has worked for the Paris Conservatoire, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Taiwan, Hong Kong Ballet, City Contemporary Dance Company, Singapore Dance Theatre, Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, State Theatre Ballet, Tshwane University of Technology and National School of the Arts South Africa, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Yuan Dong Ballet School and Shenzhen Arts School in China, National Institute of the Arts and Taipei Physical Education College in Taiwan, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Auckland Ballet Academy in NZ, and Victorian College of the Arts, Dance North, Australian Dance Theatre, Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Ballet in Australia. He has also taught for high school dance programs, private dance studios and RAD summer schools in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
He served on the board of the Hong Kong Ballet Group (1998-2014) and Expressions Dance Company (1989-1995), as well on panels and committees for the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific, the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation and Vocational Qualifications, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, and was panel chair for Arts and Humanities for the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund (Overseas) Fellowships.
Graeme is a current member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).