The Dancers

Callahan Laird

Callahan Laird Callahan Laird. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Callahan Laird performed in Balanchine’s Serenade with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2019 and joined the company as the Todd Scholar in 2020. He was promoted to Artist in 2021. Whilst at the RNZB, his roles have included the Wolf in Act III of The Sleeping Beauty (2020).  

Callahan grew up in Christchurch and trained at Levings School of Dance for ten years under Avril Levings (2006-2015) before attending the Southern Ballet Theatre for two years under Glen Harris and Lioudmila Solovieva (2016-2017). He was a New Zealand School of Dance Scholar and Associate for three years before joining NZSD as a classical major in 2018 until 2019, where highlights included Betsy Erickson’s Sfumato and Gerard Arpino’s Round of Angels. 

Callahan attended a six-week exchange with Canada’s National Ballet School and he also participated in the RNZB’s National Mentor Programme.  

Callahan is supported by Chris Canham. 

Dancer Credits

A Midsummer Night's Dream


The Firebird


The Sleeping Beauty

The Wolf