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Tonia Looker

Tonia Looker


Originally from Australia, Tonia 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 NationalBalletSchool.

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 La Sylphide and performing as Juliet to a home crowd during the 2010 Australian Tour of Romeo & Juliet. In 2011, Tonia performed as Columbina in Pinocchio, The Doll in Petrouchka and Aurora in The Meridian Season of Sleeping Beauty.

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