The Dancers

Madeleine Graham

RNZB-327 Madeleine Graham for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court

Born and raised in Melbourne Madeleine Graham completed her classical training at the Australian Ballet School, graduating in 2012. She joined the RNZB that same year under the direction of Ethan Stiefel for the world premiere of Giselle.  In her first full season with the company she created a role in Javier de Frutos’ The Anatomy of a passing cloud. She has danced with the RNZB on overseas tours to China, United States, UK, Italy and Hong Kong. 2017 saw Madeleine take on principal roles in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s classical repertoire performing the role of Vivette in Roland Petit’s L’Arlesienne. She had the role of Juliet created on her in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet with her portrayal of Juliet garnering critical acclaim, both for her strong technique and her ability to take the audience on an engaging emotional journey.

2018 began with a once in a lifetime trip to Antarctica alongside choreographer Corey Baker, creating a short film Antarctica: The First Dance which has been viewed more than a million times online. Returning to New Zealand, Madeleine performed in Dancing with Mozart, including a powerful solo in Corey Baker’s Antarctica-inspired The Last Dance as well as Jiří Kylián’s Petit Mort and Sechs Tänze . In the Strength and Grace programme she worked with Andi Schermoly on her creation of Stand to Reason which showcased her versatility across the contemporary repertoire. She performed the several solo roles in The Nutcracker including young heroine Marie. Leading roles in 2019 and 2020 included the White Swan in Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Little Russian Girls in Balanchine’s Serenade, Flower Festival in Genzano pas de deux in and the leading role in Alice Topp’s Aurum. In The Sleeping Beauty she danced Princess Florine and the Fairy of Curiosity (Temperance).

Some other career highlights included William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Alexander Ekman’s Cacti , Bridesmaids in Don Quixote,  Javier De Frutos’ Banderillero and dancing Princess of Porcelain in The Wizard of Oz . She has had the opportunity to work closely with Choreographer in Residence Shaun James Kelly and has had several pas de deux created on her.

Madeleine is supported by Ryman Healthcare

Dancer Credits

Romeo and Juliet


The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker

French Pastilles

Black Swan, White Swan

White Swan

Hansel & Gretel


The Sleeping Beauty

Princess Florine

The Sleeping Beauty

Curiosity Fairy