Lara Flannery was born in Wellington and began dancing at the age of three. She trained under Paula Hunt at Wellington Dance Academy and went on to join the scholars and associate programme at the New Zealand School of Dance. At the age of 15 she joined the full-time classical programme at the School. She studied at the School from 2017 until mid-July of 2019 when she joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet as an apprentice, performing in ballets including Serenade by George Balanchine, Artifact II by William Forsythe and Hansel & Gretel by Loughlan Prior. In 2020, Lara joined the RNZB as one of two inaugural Friedlander Foundation Scholars. Following performances including the Fairy of Honesty in The Sleeping Beauty, Lara joins as a company member in 2021.
The Sleeping Beauty