Lee Serle trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and completed a Bachelor of Dance in 2003. In 2004 Lee began work with Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek) and Lucy Guerin Inc., collaborating and performing in numerous works for both companies, of which he has developed an ongoing working relationship. Lee has also contributed to and performed in the works of various independent choreographers, most notably; Antony Hamilton, Shelley Lasica, Stephanie Lake and Byron Perry.
In 2010 through the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative, Lee was selected to undertake a mentorship with American choreographer Trisha Brown, performing, touring and developing a new work with the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York City. He was the first Australian to be selected for this international prize in dance.
Lee was also an inaugural recipient of Australia Council for the Arts Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012, allowing him to develop his solo choreographic practice in Melbourne, New York and Beirut through 2014. He has engaged New York based choreographer Tere O’Connor to mentor him through this process.
Lee’s work P.O.V. premiered at the New York Public Library for the Rolex Arts Weekend in 2011, and was also presented for Dance Massive (Arts House) and Melbourne Now (National Gallery of Victoria) in 2013.
Lee has choreographed A Little Murky, for Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces and numerous short works for the Next Wave Festival Melbourne. Most recently he premiered his new work Sync, commissioned by the Lyon Opera Ballet (France), presented as a triple bill alongside William Forsythe and Lucy Guerin.
Lee choreographed a new work for Sydney Dance Company, White Elephant premiering as part of the New Breed season at Carriageworks.