Katherine Skelton (née Grange) is one of the RNZB’s longest serving dancers, joining the company in 2010 as the Todd Scholar. Katherine has been dancing since the age of four and trained at the Dance Education Centre in Tauranga and the New Zealand School of Dance.
In 2018, Katherine was seen in classical roles including Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and corps de ballet and solo roles in Val Caniparoli’s production of The Nutcracker. During the 2017 season, Katherine performed in Carmen by Roland Petit, Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman and the premiere season of Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet.
Katherine first danced with the RNZB while still a student, joining the La Sylphide tour in 2009. In 2011’s The Sleeping Beauty, she danced the Blue Fairy and the Orange Fairy. In 2012 she performed the role of the Short Step Sister in Cinderella, and 2013 roles included the Act II ‘cygnets’ in Swan Lake and creating the role of the Cat in Peter and the Wolf for Tutus on Tour. In the RNZB’s 2014 production of Coppélia she performed the role of Ima, including the ‘Prayer’ solo in Act III. In 2015 she performed in Don Quixote, charmed critics with her performance in Johan Kobborg’s Salute, danced in the Fairy band in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and debuted in the Wedding Couple pas de deux during the RNZB’s international tour of Giselle.