Céline Gittens

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Born: Trinidad and grew up in Vancouver, Canada

Trained: with her mother Janet Gittens and at Vancouver’s Goh Ballet Academy

Joined: 2006; Principal, 2016

Awards: Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal, 2004; Gold Medal and Audience Choice Awards, Genée International Ballet Competition, 2005; Prix de Lausanne finalist; MPhil from the University of Birmingham, 2012.

Choreography: I started choreographing solos for myself at the age of 15 for local competitions in Vancouver. Most recently I choreographed a pas de deux for Dance Mash, a multi-disciplinary choreographic workshop based at Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreography is definitely an interest of mine that I would like to pursue.

Guest performances: I performed The Sleeping Beauty Grand pas de deux and  the Romeo and Juliet balcony pas de deux at the International Festival of Miami (2018). It was a wonderful experience to connect with dancers from around the world.

Proudest off-stage moment: In 2011 I was invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate young performers in the arts. The event was a dream come true and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet her Majesty the Queen.

REPERTORY INCLUDES

Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise), Daphnis and Chloë (Nymph, Pirate, Shepherdess), Dante Sonata (Lead Child of Light) and The Two Pigeons (Gypsy Girl)
George Balanchine: Symphony in Three Movements, Serenade (Lead role), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Striptease Girl)
David Bintley: The Prince of the Pagodas (Empress Épine), Beauty and the Beast (Vanité), The Shakespeare Suite, Carmina burana (Fortuna), Sylvia (Diana), The Dance House, 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café ('Now Nothing'), E=mc² ('Mass', 'Energy'), Faster, Take Five ('Two Step'), Aladdin ('Diamond'), Cinderella ('Summer') and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle (Myrtha, Bathilde)
John Cranko: Card Game (Ace of Spades)
Mikhail Fokine: The Firebird (Princess) and Petrushka (Nursemaids)
Kit Holder: Small Worlds and Quatrain
Joe Layton: The Grand Tour (Theda Bara)
Kenneth MacMillan: Elite Syncopations ('Alaskan Rag', 'Bethena Concert Waltz'), Concerto (Second movement) and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
Rudolph Nureyev: Raymonda Act III (First Variation)
Marius Petipa: Paquita
Twyla Tharp: Nine Sinatra Songs ('Somethin' Stupid')
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate (Black Queen)
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Rose Fairy, 'Arabian Dance'), Coppélia (Swanilda, 'Dawn'), The Sleeping Beauty (Enchanted Princess, Fairy of Joy) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Two Swan Maidens, Polish Princess)