Jesse Scales


Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Jesse Scales completed her early training in Adelaide with Terry Simpson where she gained the RAD Solo Seal at 16. Jesse then went on to study at the New Zealand School of Dance, majoring in Classical Ballet and graduated in 2011 with a National Certificate in Dance Performance.

During this time, Jesse performed Jiri Kylian’s Evening Songs and Un Ballo, remounted by Arlette van Boven, George Balanchine’s Emeralds, remounted by Diana White, Paul Taylor’s Company B, remounted by Richard Chen See, Bournonville’s Napoli Act 3 remounted by Frank Anderson and Antony Tudor’s Continuo, remounted by Donald Mahler. Jesse was also selected to represent the New Zealand School of Dance in Tahiti as a Guest Artist in the 3e Rencontre Internationale De Danse, dancing Odette in Act 2 of Swan Lake.

In 2011, Jesse was a recipient of the Adopteer een danser Scholarship which allowed her to attend the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive in The Hague. During this Intensive, Jesse experienced the works of renowned Choreographers – Lightfoot/Leon, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian and Ohad Naharin’s contemporary Gaga technique. In 2009, Desmond Richardson awarded Jesse a full scholarship to study with him and Co Artistic Director Dwight Rhoden at the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive in New York.

Jesse has also received two Project & Development Grants from the Carclew Youth Arts Board and a Travel Grant from the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation to help achieve her goals.

At the end of 2009, Jesse joined the Melbourne Ballet Company for Project Six: Moment of Inertia and worked with choreographers Simon Hoy and Robert Kelly for which she was awarded the Artistic Director’s Young Dancer Award.

Jesse also appeared in Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre performance of 1998 and Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake with the Australian Ballet.

Jesse joined Sydney Dance Company in January 2012 and performed in the world premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another (2012-2013); Stephanie Lake’s Dream Lucid as part of Contemporary Women in the Spring Dance Festival 2012; Project Rameau (2012-2013) and the acclaimed season of De Novo (2013), featuring works by Rafael Bonachela (Emergence) and Alexander Ekman (Cacti).

Jesse was a part of the collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door.

Jesse was part of the acclaimed 2 One Another international tour to North America, South America and Russia in 2013. This work won the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’.

In 2014, Jesse will be part of the triple bill Interplay, featuring choreography by Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani and Gideon Obarzanek. Interplay will premiere at Sydney Theatre (15 March – 5 April) followed by Canberra Theatre Centre (10-12 April) and Southbank Theatre, Melbourne (30 April – 10 May).