Fairweather-Neylan Rory

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Classical Ballet / Dancer

Rory started dancing when he was six years old at the Anne Fraser School of Dance in Queensland. When he was 12, he took lessons at The Australian Ballet School and two years 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 at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards, was granted a scholarship to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s summer programme and was awarded Solo Seal from the Royal Academy of Dance.

His performance repertoire includes Robert North’s Troy Game, George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Agon (Sarabande) and Mercutio in Christopher Hampson's Romeo & Juliet. One reviewer said he “danced his heart out and was wildly appreciated by the audience” in the latter role.

His performance as Peter Pan in 2009 was praised by numerous critics: “Rory Fairweather-Neylan gave a stunning performance as the cheeky, athletic Peter Pan. His cool posturing and strutting conveyed the brash immaturity of youth that only slightly masked the man within,” wrote the NBR.

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