The Dancers

Joseph Skelton

RNZB-3866 For the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court

Joseph Skelton is noted for his technical flair, especially in full-length classical works such as The Nutcracker, in which he appeared as the Sugar Plum Cavalier, together with other solo roles, in 2018. He created the role of Romeo in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet (2017) and in 2016 was warmly received as Albrecht in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s Giselle, a role he was also invited to perform with The Australian Ballet and the Greek National Opera Ballet, the latter opposite RNZB colleague Mayu Tanigaito. Joseph created the role of Lysander in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015), returning to the role in Hong Kong and Wellington in 2016 and also making his debut as Oberon. Other recent roles include Don José in Roland Petit’s Carmen (2017) and solos in Don Quixote (2015), Salute (2015), A Christmas Carol (2014) and Coppélia (2014).

Joseph was born in Gisborne and raised in Pukekohe, and started dancing at the age of four. He trained in the UK at the Elmhurst School of Dance and The Royal Ballet School, returning to New Zealand to join the RNZB in 2011.

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Dancer Credits

Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet

Prince of Verona

The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker

Spanish Chocolate

The Nutcracker

Russian Caviar

Black Swan, White Swan


Hansel & Gretel