With a promising career still rapidly on the ascension, Lucy Doherty’s accomplishments in the dance industry are already prolific, and her profile is growing to match. The Queensland born dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher took her first ballet class at the age of five, and by nineteen had landed her first professional contract (an international one no less) – performing in the role of Ariel at Tokyo Disney, Japan. This would be the beginning of a string of projects and performances that showcased Lucy’s skills and immense versatility as a performer: from So You Think You Can Dance Australia (in 2014), to the Green Room Award-Nominated “Yours Truly”, “Parkland Avenue” and “Wallow” (by Erica Sobol, USA), to further international performances as Alice in Wonderland in Hong Kong, and at Universal Studios, Feiyue Shoes NYC, Broadway Dance Centre as well as commercials for television and many more highlights.
Then in 2015 Lucy toured her own full-length contemporary dance work ‘One’ to major cities around Australia, raising money for cancer care services (and honoring her mother, who sadly passed away the previous year from breast cancer). All the while inspiring younger dancers and passing on her passion through teaching and workshops around Australia.
It was this year though that has really seen Lucy flourish, after making a phenomenal debut with the third Season of the Dream Dance Company in their internationally touring show ‘Enter the Vortex’ (choreographed by Sarah Boulter), which has exhilarated and astounded audiences at every performance. Lucy’s stage presence as a performer holds a gravitational pull that renders even her smallest movements captivating, something that is grounded in the emotional agency she brings onstage as a dancer.
This is also one of the reasons why her classes are such a physically and mentally immersive experience for her students; her class at the Australian Dance Festival this year had everyone from students to spectators tearing up by the end of the one hour workshop. Lucy also choreographed and performed in her own piece, 'Burn Away' for Australia’s N.E.X.T Choreographer Awards at ADF 2017, as one of only eight incredibly talented nominees, and in spite of the highest calibre of work from all eight entries, Lucy's work was distinguished by the evocative concept of the piece, and the exquisite profundity that resonated through the movements of all four performers.
With many more exciting projects in the works, and a wealth of knowledge and talent to share, this is one lady the dance world is taking note of.