Paul Saliba trained at the Australian Ballet School and joined the company after his studies, becoming Senior Soloist in less than 3 years. He worked under three artistic directors, Peggy van Praagh, Robert Helpmann and Anne Woolliams for the nine years he belonged to the company.
Whilst with the Australian Ballet, Paul Saliba choreographed for company workshops along with colleagues Ian Spink, John Meehan, Leigh Warren and Graeme Murphy.
In 1976 he received the Robert Helpman Scholarship and studied in New York taking classes from dance greats Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. In 1978 he made his first work for Sydney Dance Company, ‘And you came too’. He later joined Sydney Dance in 1980 appearing in an array of works for the company including ‘Daphnis and Chloe’ in which he danced the role of Pan, ‘Viridian’, ‘Rumours’, ‘An Evening’, ‘Wilderness’, and ‘Poppy’. After leaving Sydney Dance Company Paul was appointed principal dance teacher at NAISDA College.
A privilege to have at UDC, “Paul is capable of transforming even the most mundane chore into an exciting event, simply by imbuing it with the energy and dynamism that makes him as popular with students as with professional dancers” Graeme Murphy