Kiara Flavin

Kiara Flavin

Kiara is from Kingston, Ontario in Canada and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme. She joined Northern Ballet in 2014.

Kiara left Northern Ballet to join Royal New Zealand Ballet in June 2018.

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Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario in Canada.

At what age did you start dancing?

I must have been about 3 years old.

Where did you train?

I trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme.

Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?

Cathy in Wuthering Heights and Jane in Jane Eyre.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

Performing! Often as I do a curtain call I’m thinking ‘I can’t believe this is my job!’ It is such a privilege to be able to do what you love most in the world as a profession.

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

It would have to be Amélie. I once had a stroke of inspiration as I listened to Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack and thought what a beautiful ballet it would make; it also happens to be one of my favourite films. Madame Bovary and Great Expectations would also translate very well.

What is your favourite book?

My move to Yorkshire coincided with the beginning of an ongoing Brontë infatuation. Jane Eyre might just top the list.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Anything homemade and favourful - a challenge on tour but well worth the effort! Vegetables are always the star of the show.

How do you like to relax?

My go to escape is within the pages of a good book. Also with a cup (or three!) of tea. A walk on the moors is a Sunday favourite. Friends, family and a beautiful shared meal also do the trick.

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

I'd love to keep performing for as long as possible. After that, perhaps a self-sustained lifestyle somewhere tucked into the woods!