The Dancers

Laura Saxon Jones

The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Wizard of Oz, by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Laura Saxon Jones as the Princess of Porcelain in 2016's The Wizard of Oz. Credit: Stephen A'Court

Australian born, Laura Saxon Jones began dancing at the age of six with Christine Atkinson at the Ballet Class, Sydney. With dual nationality, Laura came to New Zealand in 2011 to further her training at the New Zealand School of Dance.

In the NZSD’s graduation programme, Laura was chosen to dance Violette Verdy’s role in Balanchine’s Emeralds (staged by Diana White). In her second year of training at the school, Laura toured with the RNZB in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s new production of Giselle. Laura was awarded the 2012 Todd Scholarship and joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2013.

Her favourite roles to date have included Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, Larry Keigwin’s Megalopolis and Hermia in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the RNZB’s WW1 centenary programme Salute Laura performed in Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass, a role that very few women ever have the opportunity to dance.

Highlights of 2016 included: dancing in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Andonis Foniadakis Selon désir in the mixed bill Speed of Light; and performing in the roles of Glinda, Good Witch of the North in Francesco Ventriglia’s The Wizard of Oz, Myrtha in Giselle and Helena during the company’s Hong Kong and Wellington seasons of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   Laura made her choreographic debut in the 2016 Harry Haythorne Choreographic Awards and won the People’s Choice Award for her creation Alpha for five female dancers.

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