Katherine Skelton (née Grange) is one of the RNZB’s longest serving dancers, joining the company in 2010 as the Todd Scholar.
Katherine received critical acclaim for her performance in The Fairy Doll pas de trois as part of Tutus on Tour 2019, also featuring in Nae Regrets by Brian Enos. Earlier in the year Katherine danced in the premiere of Moss Patterson’s groundbreaking work, HINE, as part of the RNZB Choreographic Series 2019.
In 2018, Katherine was seen in classical roles including Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and corps de ballet and solo roles in Val Caniparoli’s production of The Nutcracker. During the 2017 season, Katherine performed in Carmen by Roland Petit, Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman and the premiere season of Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet.
In 2015 Katherine performed in Don Quixote, charmed critics with her performance in Johan Kobborg’s Salute, danced in the Fairy band in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and debuted in the Wedding Couple pas de deux during the RNZB’s international tour of Giselle. In the RNZB’s 2014 production of Coppélia she performed the role of Ima, including the ‘Prayer’ solo in Act III. In 2012 she performed the role of the Short Step Sister in Cinderella, and 2013 roles included the Act II ‘cygnets’ in Swan Lake and creating the role of the Cat in Peter and the Wolf for Tutus on Tour, and in 2011’s The Sleeping Beauty, she danced the Blue Fairy and the Orange Fairy.
Katherine trained at the Dance Education Centre in Tauranga and the New Zealand School of Dance and as a student won first place in the ballet section of the PACANZ Young Performer of the Year Award 2006, first prize and the Audience Favourite Award in the NZ National Ballet Awards 2008, and was first runner up at the 2009 Alana Haines Australasian Awards. Katherine first danced with the RNZB while still a student, joining the La Sylphide tour in 2009.