MacLean Hopper

MacLean Hopper was born in Richmond, Virginia. He started dancing when he was nine years old, and went on to train at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and San Francisco Ballet School, with summers spent at Washington Ballet and Boston Ballet. He joined the RNZB for Giselle in 2012, and his performance as Wilfrid featured in Toa Fraser’s 2013 film of the ballet. Recent roles with the RNZB include the Spanish and Hungarian Dances in Swan Lake, Mark Baldwin’s ‘Charlie’ from Ihi FrENZy and Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations (both Tutus on Tour), and he created the role of the Bar Keeper in Bier Halle.

Highlights while a student included dancing Act II of Swan Lake and Little Improvisations with former RNZB colleague Sara Havener, a fellow UNCSA alumna.

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