Originally from Australia, Tonia Looker trained at The
Australian Ballet School. In 2007 she was awarded a scholarship to
train with the School of American Ballet in New York and Toronto's
National Ballet School. Tonia joined Royal New Zealand Ballet in
2008 and in her debut in RED she was described by one
critic as a dancer to watch, noting, "her exuberance and dynamic
line is noticeable amongst the ranks." She performed Tinkerbell in
Peter Pan at the end of 2009 to critical acclaim; "a
tempestuous wonder as Tinkerbell," said the Dominion Post.
Career highlights for Tonia include performing the title role in
the RNZB's 2009 production of The Meridian Season of La
Sylphide and performing as Juliet to a home crowd during the
2010 Australian Tour of Romeo & Juliet. In 2011, Tonia
performed as The Ballerina Doll in Petrouchka and Bluebird
and Aurora in The Meridian Season of The Sleeping Beauty.
'Tonia Looker as Aurora was exquisite'- stuff.co.nz