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Born in Brisbane, Australia, Amber Lewis trained at Ecole Studios and The Washington School of Ballet. As a student, she won a bronze medal at the World Ballet Competition in 2011. She danced with The Washington Ballet and Ballet Arizona before joining Hong Kong Ballet in 2019 as a Coryphée and was named Soloist in 2021.
With HKB, Lewis has danced Kitri in Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, the lead in George Balanchine’s Emeralds and Rubies, Alice in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland) and Cinderella in Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella. Prior to joining the company, she performed Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Gamzatti in La Bayadere and the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Lewis has also danced leading and featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck, Christopher Bruce, Twyla Tharp, Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.
1. Why do you dance?
Ballet is unbelievably challenging, and I love to be challenged. Everyday is a new day to push myself hard and share my love of dance with the people around me.
2. What was the first ballet you ever performed?
My first principal role in a full length ballet was Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. This ballet will forever have a special place in my heart. I didn’t realized the importance of artistry before this opportunity.
3.What’s the most challenging ballet you have danced, and what made it so challenging?
George Balanchine’s Square Dance. The ballet is about twenty-five minutes long and is mostly petit allegro. The foot work for the principal is fast and very difficult, particularly towards the end when you are tired. I’ve had the opportunity to perform this ballet several times, and each time it’s been challenging.
4. Most memorable/weird onstage moment and why?
I danced the Neapolitan Dance from the third act of Swan Lake. In the production, the lady uses a tambourine during the duet. Every show I would break the tambourine, and one show my foot actually got stuck in it! I will be happy if I never dance with one for the rest of my career.
5. How do you unwind after a show?
A long hot shower, an ice bucket for my lower legs and a glass of wine. It helps ease the pain.
6. What keeps you motivated on tough days?
I tell myself that there is always someone out there having a harder day and that no great achievement came without a few hard days.
7. If you could have one more talent, what would it be?
To sing. I’ve always fantasized about being on Broadway. I can dance and act, but unfortunately my singing voice isn’t great.
8. What is the coolest thing about being a dancer?
The places my career has taken me and the wonderful people I have met along the way. It’s a dream to travel the world doing what you love.