Classical graduate Amber Hunt is an artist with English National Ballet

Amber Hunt was born in Auckland. She trained at Phillipa Campbell’s School of Ballet where she attained the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal at the age of sixteen. In 1994 she was chosen to dance before Prince Charles on his visit to New Zealand.

In 1998, Amber was awarded the bronze medal in the prestigious Adeline Genee Awards in London, was a finalist in the International Pan Pacific Ballet Competition in Tokyo. The same year, she won the Sir John Logan Campbell Award in Auckland and Dancer of the Year in Wellington. Amber attended the New Zealand School of Dance on a scholarship, graduating in 2000.

Amber danced in English National Ballet’s Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall and with Ballet Ireland. Since joining English National Ballet full-time in 2005 Amber has performed many of the major classical ballets including Derek Deane’s Swan Lake, Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, Mary Skeaping’s Giselle, Christopher Hampton’s Nutcracker, Micheal Corder’s Snow Queen and Kenneth MacMillan’s Sleeping Beauty and Manon. Particular highlights have been performing Harald Lander’s Etudes and dancing Swan Lake in the round to 4,000 people a night at the Royal Albert Hall.

Amber has performed at the Herodes Atticus theatre in Athens, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatre Real in Madrid. She has also danced in Taipei, Beijing, Versailles, Hong Kong and Italy. Although Amber has enjoyed an international career her ties are still firmly in New Zealand. She says she hopes to share her experience and knowledge gained from working overseas with leading dancers and choreographers in this country.