Quenby trained at Southland Ballet Academy for twelve years. In 2005, she was awarded a scholarship with the Royal Ballet School, where she worked with Gailene Stock.
In addition to dancing the role of Angel in the Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Quenby has performed in Swan Lake, Giselle and Don Quixote during her time with Festival Ballet Theatre. Quenby has also worked with Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and American Ballet Theatre, and has won several awards, including an Inspiring Achievement award at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition and the silver medal at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York.
Quenby joined Scottish Ballet in 2006, and was promoted to Coryphée in July 2011. She has danced in Page’s The Nutcracker (Marie), Cinderella, Fearful Symmetries, The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Wisdom, Cinderella), Pennies From Heaven, Cheating, Lying, Stealing and Alice (Cheshire Cat, Duchess), Pastor’s In Light and Shadow (Aria) and Romeo and Juliet, Ashton's Scènes de Ballet, Balanchine's Rubies, Spink's Petrushka, Dean’s Träume, Loosmore's Chasing Ghosts, Caniparoli's Still Life and Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth.
Why did you become a dancer?
I started dancing because it makes me happy. My first performances were in my family living room and I never wanted to stop! It felt so wonderful entertaining family and friends and I quickly learned the joy of performing for large audiences and theatres. Audiences play a significant part of the emotion and passion I feel when I dance. I can’t imagine not dancing!
Quenby in make up for the Cinderella poster.
Alice backstage broadcast featuring Quenby talking about her make up for the role of the Cheshire Cat.
.DanceTabs, 2 Oct 2013 – Quenby Hersh mastered the sultriness of the Calliope Rag.
.The Herald, 13 April 2011 – The Cheshire Cat (Quenby Hersh) will leave you grinning.
.Edinburgh Theatre Review, 21 April 2011 – The Cheshire Cat, charmingly danced by Quenby Hersh…
.South Wales Echo, 06 May 2011 – Sophie Martin deserves particular praise as Alice, although the cast, including Quenby Hersh as the Cheshire Cat, Tomomi Sato as the White Rabbit, Erik Cavallari as Charles and Adam Blyde as the Caterpillar all became their characters.