Nathan Mennis on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod is pleased to hear that Nathan Mennis, Finalist in The Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship 2013, has been offered a contract with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company.
After attending an audition in late 2017, Nathan was offered a 12-month contract with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and has recently been cast in the company’s upcoming touring production of The Piano: The Ballet, choreographed by Jiri Bubenicek, designed by Otto Bubenicek and based on the 1993 academy award winning movie.
“I’m so grateful to be given this role, I play the role of Alistair Stewert in the production. It’s been amazing working with the company I’m loving the work we're doing at the moment, everyone is so helpful and easy to work with.” Nathan said.
In the years since competing in the Sydney Eisteddfod, Nathan has had a number of unique experiences, including training with the Huston Ballet, USA, as part of the Academy’s HBII program.
“The Houston Ballet was where I learned how far and how hard I would need to push myself to became a professional dancer. I’d sum it up as a huge learning experience, it was the first time I got to experience what life in a company is really like.” Nathan said.
After coming back to Australia to continue his training with the Queensland National Ballet, Nathan says that the key to his continued success is to always push himself, never take a class for granted, and to not stress about the little things and just have fun.
“The final year I competed in Sydney Eisteddfod I learnt not to think of it as a competition, I just thought to myself I know why I’m here, I know what I have to do, and it really helped me. I had a lot more fun and actually danced better when I didn’t put pressure on myself to be perfect. I used this thinking for all my auditions and still use it today” Nathan said.
Sydney Eisteddfod is excited to see where Nathan’s Dance journey will continue to take him in the future.