Born and trained in Christchurch, Katie Hurst-Saxton graduated from the International Ballet Academy in 2002 when she was offered a contract with RNZB at just 16 years of age, the youngest-ever full time member to join the company. Katie was with the RNZB until 2010 and during her nine years with the company her musical and theatrical approach secured her a number of principal roles. Notable performances include Swanhilda in Coppélia, Lucy Westenra in Dracula, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, and the title roles in both Cinderella and Giselle. She was singled out by critics for her performances as Micaela in Carmen and as Juliet in Christopher Hampson’s Romeo and Juliet, which she performed around New Zealand, Australia, and China.
At the end of 2010 Katie left the RNZB to pursue freelance roles both teaching and dancing around New Zealand and Australia, and was Principal Artist with the Victorian State Ballet in 2012 and 2015. Katie re-joined the RNZB in 2016 for The Wizard of Oz and is once again a company member. She danced in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s restaging of Giselle last year and Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in both the Hong Kong and Wellington seasons.