Katherine Skelton (née Grange) is one of the RNZB’s longest serving dancers, joining the company in 2010 as the Todd Scholar.
Katherine has been dancing since the age of four and trained at the Dance Education Centre in Tauranga and the New Zealand School of Dance. She was awarded first place at both PACANZ in 2006 and The New Zealand National Ballet Awards in 2008 and she was runner up to the Supreme Award at the Alana Haines Australian Awards in 2009. Before joining RNZB, Katherine danced Swan Lake with Singapore Dance Theatre.
Katherine’s roles in 2019 include Gretel in Hansel & Gretel by Loughlan Prior, Serenade by George Balanchine and Andrea Schemoly’s Stand to Reason. In 2018, Katherine performed classical roles including Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and corps de ballet and solo roles in The Nutcracker by Val Caniparoli. During the 2017 season, Katherine performed Carmen by Roland Petit, Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman and the premiere season of Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as dancing the Grand Pas de Duex from Sleeping Beauty for Tutus on Tour.
Katherine first danced with the RNZB while still a student, joining the La Sylphide tour in 2009. In 2010 she performed in the premiere of Christopher Hampson’s Silhouette and the role of Clara in The Nutcracker by Gary Harris. In 2011’s The Sleeping Beauty by Greg Horsman, she danced the roles of the Blue Fairy and the Orange Fairy, as well as dancing in Andrew Simmons’ Song in the Dark in that year’s UK tour.
In 2012 she performed the role of the Short Step Sister in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella and worked with John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow in preparation for Benjamin Millepied’s 28 Variations and again in 2013 for Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations. 2013 highlights also included the Act II ‘cygnets’ in Swan Lake by Russell Kerr, Flower Festival in Genzano and creating the role of the Cat in Peter and the Wolf for Tutus on Tour.
In the RNZB’s 2014 production of Coppélia she created the role of Ima, including the ‘Prayer’ solo in Act III. In 2015 she performed the Queen of the Driads in Don Quixote, charmed critics with her performance in Johan Kobborg’s Salute, danced the role of Cobweb in the Fairy band in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and debuted in the Wedding Couple pas de deux and as Zulma during the RNZB’s international tour of Giselle by Ethan Stiefel and Johann Kobborg.
Hansel & Gretel