Victoria Goldsmith

Classical Ballet Teacher

Victoria joined Northern Ballet in 2003. Born in Leicestershire she trained as a Northern Ballet Associate before taking up full-time training at Central School of Ballet. She has previously performed with Ballet Central. Victoria worked with Wayne McGregor on his piece Ossein as part of the Northern Ballet 40th Anniversary Gala. She was also part of a new Tindall Creation that was linked with Linder Sterling which was performed in Paris and more recently the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.

Victoria retired from the stage in June 2018 and joined the faculty of the Academy of Northern Ballet in August 2018.

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Favourite roles

Milady de Winter, The Three Musketeers; Lady Capulet, Romeo & Juliet; Gertrude, Hamlet; Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Odilia, Swan Lake; Angels in the Architecture; Dracula’s Bride, Dracula; Marquise de Merteuil, Dangerous Liaisons; Myrtle, The Great Gatsby.

Career highlights

Selected to appear on the Dracula poster; Performing Young Cathy in Wuthering Heights in 2002 whilst still at Central School of Ballet. Working with Wayne McGregor and performing his piece Ossein, at Northern Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Gala. Being part of a Tindall Creation that was linked with Linder Sterling's exhibition in a piece that was performed at MOMA in Paris.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Leicestershire and grew up in a little village called Ibstock.

Where did you do your dance training?

In Ibstock I went to a local school named Tindles during which time I was also one of the first students on the Northern Ballet Associates programme which started in 1998.

When did you join Northern Ballet?

2003. I was also fortunate enough to work with the Company in 2002 in Wuthering Heights which was an amazing opportunity.

What made you want to be a dancer?

I have always enjoyed performing on stage whether acting in Annie and Sound of Music or dancing in regional and national competitions. Through the fun and hard work I knew it was always something I wanted to do as a career.

What would be your dream role to dance and why?

I have always wanted to perform Cathy in Wuthering Heights. She’s such a strong complex character who gives everything she has and has such a feisty personality. To dance alongside such a wonderful score would be amazing!

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

I couldn’t say one scenario/story. I have always found The Crucible an interesting plot. Even though it would be hard and a little ‘taboo’ in theatre. Macbeth would be great too. I just love the darker and more dramatic stories for dance.

Who are your artistic influences or heroes?

The drama of Moira Shearer (also because she’s a fellow red head!) Oh and of course the performance and style of Bernadette Peters – she’s a legend!

Describe your perfect Sunday morning...

Getting up late! Then chilling out with my husband on the sofa, maybe an afternoon nap after a Bond film and then cooking a nice beef joint or roast chicken for tea – divine!

What was the first album you bought and what was the last album you bought?

My first album was a tape – that’s showing my age! I think it was Kylie’s I Should Be So Lucky. My last was on CD - Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits! Awesome!

What would be your luxury item on a desert island?

My husband - he’s luxury!

What are you favourite places in Yorkshire?

The Cow and Calf in Ilkley where my husband and I got married. Brontë falls are really picturesque. Anywhere that there’s a gorgeous Yorkshire hillside view – I love the outdoors!

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The CAT programme has been an amazing experience for me, to have such intensive training without moving away to ballet school…