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Monday, February 24, 2014

Farewells and Welcomes

Following a very successful US tour which concluded in New York on 12 February, the RNZB farewelled dancers Brendan Bradshaw, Antonia Hewitt and Dimitri Kleioris who have left the company to pursue new career opportunities overseas.

Dancer Ginny Gan, who joined the RNZB in 2011, has decided to retire from full-time dancing following an on-going injury. After nine years with the company, Qi Huan, who received particular acclaim for his performances as Albrecht in the RNZB’s Giselle opposite Principal Guest Artist Gillian Murphy, is leaving the company to pursue the next stage of his career in a new role at the New Zealand School of Dance. The RNZB looks forward to maintaining an on-going relationship with Qi as he helps to shape a new generation of young professional dancers.

Everyone at the RNZB wishes all five dancers every success in their future endeavours and thanks them all for their exceptional contributions to the RNZB and to dance in New Zealand.

We would also like to welcome two new dancers who will join the company at the end of February.  A graduate of the English National Ballet School, Shaun James Kelly joins us from Tivoli Ballet Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark. New Zealander Nathanael Skelton (the older brother of RNZB dancer Joseph Skelton) returns home after seven years as a member of the UK’s Birmingham Royal Ballet.  Shaun and Nathanael will make their RNZB debuts in Coppélia, which opens in Wellington on 17 April ahead of an eight centre New Zealand tour.