Nathan Mennis joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in January 2018 and made an immediate impression on New Zealand audiences as Alistair Stewart in The Piano: the ballet. Nathan also played the Mouse King, Herr Stahlbaum and Spanish Chocolate in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker.
Nathan is from Brisbane, Australia and trained at the Eva Kohout School of Dance while receiving male coaching by Andrew Lyons, former principal at The Australian Ballet. After two years full time training at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, Nathan moved home to train at the Queensland National Ballet School under Artistic Director Martyn Fleming, former principal at Béjart Ballet Lausanne, English National Ballet and the Australian Ballet.
Nathan competed in the 2013 Prix de Lausanne and was a finalist in the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge. This exposure earned him a scholarship to the Houston Ballet Academy’s HBII programme under Artistic Director Stanton Welch.
The Piano: the ballet