The Dancers

Kirby Selchow

RNZB-537 Kirby Selchow for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court Hansel & Gretel RNZB Dancer Kirby Selchow and Soloist Shaun James Kelly in Hansel & Gretel by Loughlan Prior_image credit Celia Walmsley Black Swan, White Swan Black Swan, White Swan by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Kirby Selchow and Paul Mathews. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

Kirby Selchow joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2014 as an Artist, and she was promoted to Soloist in 2020. Kirby is entering her ninth year with the RNZB. Her drive, passion, and desire to improve everyday set her apart as an accomplished dancer. The RNZB team and community have become a second family to her.   

Kirby has established herself as an influential and compelling performer at the RNZB, especially during the 2020 season when she finished the year on a high note as Carabosse and the Fairy of Curiosity in The Sleeping Beauty. In 2021, Kirby debuted in the role of Myrtha in Giselle and she continued with a strong performance year as a soloist in Paquita and performances as Elizaveta, a role created for her, in Loughlan Prior’s The Firebird. 

2019 was another strong season for Kirby as she performed in the lead role of Gretel in the world premiere of Loughlan Prior’s Hansel & Gretel. Other solo roles in 2019 included The Ground Beneath Our Feet by RNZB Choreographer-in-Residence Shaun James Kelly, Black Swan in Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan, Serenade by George Balanchine, Stand to Reason by Andrea Schermoly, and Artifact II by William Forsythe.  

Kirby kicked off 2018 in the dramatic role of Aunt Morag in The Piano: the ballet, from there Kirby displayed her remarkable versatility in Dancing with Mozart, Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze 

Kirby has also garnered praise for her emphatic performances in Penny Saunder’s So to Speak and Andrea Schermoly’s Stand to Reason, which premiered in the RNZB’s Strength & Grace programme (2018). Deirdre Tarrant reviewed her performance as, “A stand out solo by Kirby Selchow brought applause mid ballet” (18 August 2018). 

 Since the start of her career with the RNZB in 2014, Kirby has performed nationally and internationally. Her performances include the lead Gypsy Girl in Don Quixote, Dear Horizon and Passchendaele, and the Fairies in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

During the company’s tour to the UK and Italy at the end of 2015, Kirby performed in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s Giselle and all four works in the demanding mixed bill A Passing Cloud.   

One of Kirby’s career highlights occurred in 2016 when she played Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the company’s Hong Kong tour, and on her return to New Zealand, she fulfilled the role for the Wellington season.  

Born in Perth, Kirby trained at the graduate college of dance before being accepted into Australian Ballet school in 2009 on the Laurie Cowled Scholarship in Melbourne. Kirby performed with the Australian Ballet’s Dancers’ Company in 2012 and 2013 and graduated as school captain in 2013.    

Kirby is supported by Nautilus. 


Dancer Credits

A Midsummer Night's Dream


The Firebird




Black Swan, White Swan

Black Swan

The Sleeping Beauty


The Sleeping Beauty

Fairy of Curiosity

Hansel & Gretel