Antoinette Brooks-Daw

Soloist

Antoinette Brooks-Daw

Antoinette is from Somerset and joined Northern Ballet in 2008. She trained at The Trull School of Dancing in Taunton and was a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School before joining the Royal Ballet School (Lower and Upper Schools).

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Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Taunton. Somerset and then shortly after moved to Hong Kong for a couple of years before returning to the UK at the age of 3.

At what age did you start dancing?

I started dancing before I can even remember!

Where did you train?

I trained at my mum's school, the Trull School of Dancing in Taunton up until the age of 11. I then studied at the Royal Ballet Lower School and then the Upper School.

Awards/nominations/prizes

I came second in Young British Dancer of the Year when I was 15 and won the Phyllis Bedells Bursary in 2004.

Favourite NB roles/which NB role would you most like to dance?

Young Cathy (Wuthering Heights) Madame de Tourval (Dangerous Liaisons) and Beauty (Beauty & the Beast).

Career highlights

Dancing the role of Hippolyta/Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

Expressing oneself through movement and getting to listen to beautiful inspiring music everyday.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

Harry Potter.

What is your favourite book?

I love the author Lesley Pearse so anything by her.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Anything with a glass of wine!

How do you like to relax?

Yoga, curling up with a good book and sleeping!

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

A musician!

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