Rory Fairweather-Neylan

Rory Fairweather-Neylan, from Queensland, Australia, joined the RNZB in 2007. He attended the Australian Ballet School and later enrolled at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. He went on to further his training at the New Zealand School of Dance. In 2007 he was a finalist in the Alana Haines Australasian Awards and was granted a scholarship to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s summer programme. Rory was also awarded the Solo Seal from the Royal Academy of Dance.

Rory’s performance as Peter Pan in the RNZB’s 2009 production met with critical acclaim, the National Business Review noting he ‘gave a stunning performance as the cheeky, athletic Peter Pan.’ Rory has also performed the roles of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Pinocchio in Tutus on Tour in 2011. 2013 brought Rory’s flair for comic roles to the fore, as the Bird in Ethan Stiefel’s Bier Halle and the Jester in Swan Lake, and he featured on the RNZB’s 2014 US tour in the ‘Wedding Couple’ pas de deux in Giselle. Rory made his debut as Franz in the RNZB’s recent production of Coppélia.

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