Lori Gilchrist is from Yorkshire in England and joined the RNZB in January 2014, making her debut with the company in Giselle at the LA Music Center. She trained at Pamela Gibson’s School of Dance and at the age of 16 continued her training at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. Upon graduating Lori joined Northern Ballet in the UK under the directorship of David Nixon where she danced for 10 years.
She danced many roles with Northern Ballet including the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cleopatra in Cleopatra, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, Isabella in Wuthering Heights, Belle and the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol.
Lori has also performed in many other works by Hans Van Manen, Christopher Hampson, Daniel De Andrade and David Nixon. In 2012 Lori guested at the International Ballet Gala in Magdeburg where she performed the pas de deux Three Preludes from David Nixon’s I Got Rhythm.
Since joining the RNZB, Lori has performed solo and principal roles in Coppélia, A Christmas Carol, Don Quixote and Johan Kobborg’s Salute, and created the role of Hermia in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.