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 by Val Caniparoli, in which he appeared as the Sugar Plum Cavalier, together with other solo roles, in 2018. In 2020 Joseph appeared in solo roles in The Sleeping Beauty including Prince Désiré, Bluebird, the Lilac Fairy’s Cavalier, Prince Fortune and Morfran, Carabosse’s evil henchman.

In 2019, Joseph took on the demanding role of Siegfried in Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan, as well as solo roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Artifact II by William Forsythe and the Father in Hansel & Gretel by Loughlan Prior, a role which he created. 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 roles include Don José in Roland Petit’s Carmen (2017), The Wizard in Francesco Ventriglia’s Wizard of Oz (2016), Jiří Kylián works Petite Mort (2018) and Soldier’s Mass (2015), Johan Kobborg’s Les Lutins (2014), Pas de Trois in Russel Kerr’s Swan Lake (2013), and solos in Don Quixote (2015), A Christmas Carol (2014) and Coppélia (2014). Pas de deux for galas and Tutus on Tour include Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty, Carnival of Venice, Flower Festival in Genzano and the extended pas de deux in Corey Baker’s The Last Dance (2018).

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 for Dance and The Royal Ballet School, returning to New Zealand to join the RNZB in 2011. In 2019 he was promoted to Soloist and in 2021 was promoted to Principal.

Joseph is supported by

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


The Sleeping Beauty

Prince Désiré