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Ngaere Jenkins

Ngaere grew up in Wellington and began her training at Step Out Dance Company and Wellington Dance Academy under the direction of Paula Hunt. In 2015 she was the winner of the National Young Performer of the Year Award and the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance scholarship.

Ngaere went on to study full-time at the New Zealand School of Dance and was recipient of the Katrina Todd Scholarship in 2017 and 2018. While studying, Ngaere performed with Atamira Dance Company in the 2017 Kia Mau Festival and in the World of Wearable Art shows. She was also selected to represent the school as a guest artist in Tahiti at the Académie de Danse Annie FAYN fifth International Dance Festival and then in Singapore at the Singapore Ballet Academy’s Diamond Jubilee Gala.

During her studies, Ngaere worked with many influential choreographers including James O’Hara, Damien Jalet, Lou Sih-wei , Sarah Foster-Sproull, Malia Johnston, Michael Parmenter, Gabby Thomas, Taane Mete, Taiaroa Royal, Victoria (Tor) Colombus and Tanemahuta Gray.

Ngaere joined The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) in a full-time capacity in 2019 performing in the national tour of Kiss The Sky; Matariki for Tamariki premiere; an international tour to Canada; and most recently the premiere season of This Fragile Planet.

(Photo by John McDermott; taken from The Fibonacci as part of Kiss The Sky programme)