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Hannah O'Neill

Hannah O'Neill
BornJanuary 1993
NationalityNew Zealand
EducationAustralian Ballet School of Melbourne
Years active2011 -
Current groupParis Opera Ballet

Hannah O'Neill, born in January 1993 in Tokyo,[1] is a New Zealand ballet dancer.[2] She is a first soloist with the Paris Opera Ballet which is regarded as one of the best ballet companies in the world.[2][3][4]

Early life

Hannah O'Neill was born in Japan to a New Zealand father, Chris, a professional rugby player, and a Japanese mother, Sumie.[5] She has two younger brothers.

Hannah O'Neill started dancing when she was three years old.[6]

From 1998 to 2007, O'Neill studied at the Kishibe Ballet Studio in Tokyo, Japan.[7] When she turned eight, she moved with her family to Auckland, New Zealand.[3] There, Hannah O'Neill attended Parnell District School and Epsom Girls' Grammar School. She studied ballet at the Mt Eden Ballet Academy and then in 2008, at the age of 15, moved to Melbourne to study at the Australian Ballet School.[3][8] In 2011 she graduated as dux of the ballet school.[5]


In 2009, Hannah O'Neill won the Prix de Lausanne, the world's most prestigious competition for young dancers.[8] The next year, she won first place in the senior woman's section at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York.[8] Following these achievements, Hannah O'Neill passed Paris Opera Ballet's external audition in July 2011 and was accepted into its Corps de Ballet with a seasonal contract. In August 2012 she was offered a second short-term contract with the company.[8]

Succeeding in the external audition in July 2013, Hannah O'Neill was offered a life-time contract.[5]

Paris Opera Ballet

Now a regular member of the Paris Opera Ballet, Hannah O'Neill moved up through the ranks, being promoted in each Paris Opera Ballet internal promotion contest from 2013 to 2015.

On 3 November 2015, Hannah O'Neill was ranked first in the Paris Opera Ballet internal promotion contest.[9] Consequently, since 1 January 2016 she dances as a first soloist.

Dancing in leading roles

In spring 2015 Hannah O'Neill took over the role of Odile and Odette in Swan Lake which is normally reserved for principals.[3] Her second leading role as a soloist was the title role in Giselle.



Hannah O'Neill was the winner of the Prix de Lausanne in 2009 and of the Youth America Grand Prix in 2010.

In 2014, O'Neill won the silver medal at Varna International Ballet Competition, the oldest and one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.[8]

In 2016, she received the Best Female Dancer award at the Benois de la Danse competition for her performance in the title role of the ballet Paquita.[5][6]

Cover shoot

Hannah O'Neill's photo is the cover of the August/September 2016 issue of the New York City dance magazine Pointe.[10]

External links


  1. ^ Morgan Tait (13 December 2013). "New Zealander of the year finalist 2013: Hannah O'Neill". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2019. Now, a month shy of her 21st birthday
  2. ^ a b Natalie Long (2 January 2017). "annah O'Neill: the ballerina". Friday.
  3. ^ a b c d Rachel Grunwell (8 April 2015). "NZ dancer realises dream on Paris stage". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Selina Denman (6 February 2014). "No holds barred: behind the scenes with the Paris Opera Ballet in Dubai". The National. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Hannah O'Neill joins the elite of the Prix Benois de la danse". Valerie Lawson's Dancelines. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ a b Spy. "Celebrating the sisterhood: Kiwi women kicking ass". spy.nzherald.co.nz. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Hannah O'Neill". Mariinsky Theatre. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Alana Haines :: FIRST NZ'er WINS WORLD'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD". www.ahaawards.co.nz. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Amélie Bertrand (3 November 2015). "Paris Opera Ballet Internal Promotion Contest 2015: Female dancers'results". Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Pointe August/September 2016 Cover Shoot". Pointe. 2 August 2016.

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