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Garry Trinder

Curriculum Vitae

Director, New Zealand School of Dance
Member of the jury, Prix de Lausanne 2019

Having enjoyed a long and rewarding association with the Prix de Lausanne, I am thrilled to have been invited to be part of the jury for 2019. The Prix de Lausanne provides an unequalled platform from which to propel young dancers towards a vibrant and rewarding career. The strengths and positive influence of being at the Prix de Lausanne makes for an inspirational week from which the jury, candidates, teachers, parents and the wider community feel inspired and creatively engaged.

Born in England, Garry Trinder trained at The Royal Ballet School, Rambert School of Ballet and Maurice Béjart’s MUDRA. As a dancer, he worked with Scottish Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and London City Ballet. Garry’s extensive career includes six years as artistic director of Hong Kong Ballet and two years as director of dance at South Africa’s NAPAC Dance Company. He was appointed director of the New Zealand School of Dance in 1998 and celebrated his 20th anniversary in 2018.

Garry holds a master’s degree from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and an Advanced Diploma in Education from Newcastle University. In addition to his role at NZSD, he is associated with many international ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, the Japan Grand Prix in Tokyo and the Youth America Grand Prix in New York. Since 2011 Garry has assumed the role of President of the Jury for the Asian Grand Prix ballet competition in Hong Kong.

Garry was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013, for his services to dance.