Katharine Precourt joined the RNZB in September 2018 and made her New Zealand debut in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker, performing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Arabian Coffee.
Prior to moving to New Zealand, Katharine achieved the rank of First Soloist with the Houston Ballet and performed the lead roles in many classical full length ballets: Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Giselle, Manon, The Nutcracker and Paquita. Her dance repertoire also includes lead and featured roles in Ashton’s Les Patineurs, Balanchine’s Apollo, Theme and Variations, Ballet Imperial, Serenade, Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Jewels, Bruce’s Ghost Dances, Rooster, Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, In the middle, somewhat elevated, Kylián’s Falling Angels, Petite Mort, Svadebka, Wings of Wax, Lander’s Etudes, Liang’s Murmuration, MacMillan’s Song of the Earth, van Manen’s Grosse Fugue, Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Pacific, Sandpaper Ballet Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, The Concert, Tharp’s In the Upper Room, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, and Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading.
Katharine was born in Southern California and started her dance training at the San Diego School of Ballet. She was accepted on a full merit scholarship to intensive programmes at School of American Ballet and San Francisco School of Ballet and continued her training as a scholarship student at the Ben Stevenson Academy associated with the Houston Ballet, joining the company on graduation. Katharine is a YOUNGARTS winner in ballet awarded by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She was presented in the Dance Magazine feature On The Rise.
Sugar Plum Fairy