Quenby Hersh

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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. 

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!


The Nutcracker (Marie), Page
Cinderella, Page
Fearful Symmetries,
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Wisdom, Cinderella), Page
Pennies From Heaven, Page
Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Page
Alice (Cheshire Cat, Duchess), Page
In Light and Shadow (Aria), Pastor
Romeo & Juliet, Pastor
Scènes de Ballet, Ashton
Rubies, Balanchine
Petrushka, Spink
Träume, Dean
Chasing Ghosts, Loosmore
Still Life, Caniparoli
Song of the Earth, MacMillan
Run For It, Lawrance
Highland Fling, Bourne
Sea of Troubles, MacMillan
Silhouette, Hampson
Pierrot Lunaire, Tetley
Elite Syncopations, MacMillan
Hansel & Gretel, Hampson


Quenby Hersh


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.




.Dance Europe, July 2014 – Amy Hadley and Quenby Hersh as Juliet's best mates were delightful and dance with such neat, fluid brilliance. 


.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.

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