Kiara Flavin joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in July 2018 and made her debut with the company in Penny Saunders’ So to Speak, part of the company’s Strength & Grace programme, and most recently performed in The Nutcracker.
Prior to her move to New Zealand, Kiara danced with the UK’s Northern Ballet, joining the company’s graduate programme in 2013 and the company in 2014. During her time with Northern Ballet, a company noted for its commitment to narrative ballets, Kiara danced many works by David Nixon OBE, including The Great Gatsby, Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, The Little Mermaid, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Madame Butterfly, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Wuthering Heights as well as works by Massimo Morricone (A Christmas Carol), Kenneth Tindall (Casanova), Jonathan Watkins (1984), Kenneth MacMillan (Gloria and Concerto), Jean-Christophe Maillot (Romeo and Juliet), and Cathy Marston (Jane Eyre).
Role highlights include dancing Rosaline in Jean Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliet, dancing Blanche Ingram in Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre and creating the role of Helen Burns in Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre. She also choreographed a short work for Northern Ballet’s Choreographic Lab entitled Mantle.
Kiara is from Kingston, Ontario, Canada and completed her training at Canada’s National Ballet School.