Callahan Laird 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. Calum joined the RNZB as Todd Scholar in 2020 and was promoted to Artist for 2021.
Callahan attended a six-week exchange with Canada’s National Ballet School and also participated in the RNZB’s National Mentor Programme. In 2019, Callahan performed in Serenade with the RNZB. Since joining the company, his roles have included the Wolf in Act III of The Sleeping Beauty.
Callahan is supported by Chris Canham.
The Sleeping Beauty
A Midsummer Night's Dream