The Dancers

Katherine Minor

rnzb-season-education-2_lr-crop-2 RNZB dancer Katherine Minor wearing dress by Hailwood. Photo by Ross Brown Romeo and Juliet, by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Wellington, NZ. 15.08.2017. Romeo and Juliet, performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Katherine Minor was born in France but grew up in Portland, Oregon, USA, completing her training at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, under Damara Bennett. She spent one year training at the Paris Opera Ballet School when she was twelve and the following year attended a summer programme at The School of American Ballet on scholarship. In 2010, Katherine became an apprentice at Oregon Ballet Theatre where she had the opportunity to dance in company productions of George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Emeralds, The Nutcracker, and Christopher Stowell’s The Sleeping Beauty. The next year Katherine joined her first company, Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, dancing roles including Cupid in Yuri Possokov’s Don Quixote, Clara in Gerald Arpino’s The Nutcracker, and among other ballets danced in the corps de ballet for Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and Kurt Joos’ The Green Table. In 2013, Katherine moved to the UK to dance with Northern Ballet, touring all over the country with productions of Massimo Moricone’s A Christmas Carol, and David Nixon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cleopatra and Cinderella.

Katherine joined the RNZB in 2014. Since joining she has danced in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Daniel Belton’s Satellites, Adrian Burnett’s Don Quixote, Johan Kobborg’s Salute, Andrew Simmons’ Dear Horizon and Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s Giselle. She created the role of Peaseblossom in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Highlights of 2016 include: William Forysthe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Andonis Foniadakis’ Selon désir which were part of RNZB’s Speed of Light mixed bill in 2016 and a hit of both the New Zealand Festival and Auckland Arts Festival.

During 2017, Katherine performed in Two ballets by Roland Petit: Carmen, with L’Arlésienne, Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman and featured as one of Juliet’s friends in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet which toured New Zealand to widespread critical acclaim.

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