He was accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 1971, and in his first year was awarded the Nureyev Bursary, quickly followed by the Harold Holt Memorial Scholarship. He joined The Australian Ballet in 1973, was promoted to soloist in 1974 and principal artist in 1978.
From 1979–96, Ross performed with companies in the US and UK, before becoming the sixth Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, expanding its repertoire to include many outstanding contemporary ballets. His three words to encapsulate his vision for the company were ‘creativity, energy, passion’. After four and a half years as AD for The Australian Ballet, Ross returned to the UK as Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet in London, reveals the strength of Ross’ passion for dance and his determination that it should never stagnate.