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I am Daniel Jaber, Resident Choreographer and soon to be Artistic Director of Leigh Warren Dance.

LWD was founded in 1992 by Leigh Warren, and after 21 years the company is about to undergo an exciting period of evolution and change.

The company was struck by a devastating loss of federal funding in 2011, and state funding in 2012. The change of director and reinvigoration of this prestigious small dance company sees the potential to once again be recognised as one of Australia’s leading dance company’s, fostering new audiences, developing new business strategies and creating a consistent output of world-class work.

Our 2015 program launches with a bang, a unique and innovative collaboration between LWD and the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival working with renowned chefs Cheong Liew and Will Goldfarb in a ballet matching degustation. We then present our main-stage signature work Modernity – a quintuple bill of ballets, about Ballet, which showcases the strength and versatility of the dancers and our unique choreographic language through the delivery of 5 contrasting contemporary ballets.

In addition to creating stellar performances, we support the independent dance community by offering our space and services for residencies which host some of Australia’s most exciting  and upcoming choreographers. We offer workshops with world-renowned international artists, provide annual traineeships to emerging dancers, and offer training opportunities for young dancers and dance students. We are excited to become 2014/15 artists in residence at Golden Grove High School, collaborating with them through their dance program and assisting the education sector.

As the company faces difficult financial times we have not lost our ambition to be a globally exported, locally celebrated and high-quality producer of Australian dance.

Our dancers (including Greenroom Award winning Natalie Allen, UK Spotlight Award winner Kialea-Nadine Williams and So You Think You Can Dance’s Jessica Hesketh) form the core of our company, donations and contributions made toward the company will ensure that employment opportunities remain for the outstanding ensemble of dancers and that our work is executed to the highest possible calibre.


All donations over $2.00AUD are tax-deductible, donations over $100.00AUD are acknowledged on our website and in our programs. For donations $5000.00AUD and over you will be pampered to an exclusive and intimate performance experience in our studio.

Every donation is accepted with gratefulness. We can’t survive on government funding alone and rely on support from individuals and businesses.

We ask you to please give generously and afford this culturally iconic company, the opportunity to reinvent itself and make a major come back in 2015 under new artistic direction.

To make a contribution toward our work and sustainability, simply head


If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact Company Manager Jo Jacobs on 08 8212 5660 (tuesday and thursday) or via email : lwd@lwd.com.au

Thank you in advance, I look forward to keeping you updated on upcoming performances, viewings, events and welcoming you to the company.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel Jaber


Funding Bodies

Daniel Jaber’s works have been funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding advisory body and through the Government of South Australia through Arts SA.



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