Callum Phipps| DANCER
Ballet - There’s something truly amazing about performing on stage, after each performance I still keep being inspired, if that’s performing myself or watching a performance. As a boy my mother would take me to see musicals and stage shows in Sydney, after being inspired from them I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life.
My favourite ballet would have to be Petite Mort by Jiri Kylian
Collect(ive) - At the moment I’ve started a collection of vinyls, I love nostalgic music even before my time.
Aotearoa - I love living in Wellington but my favourite place would have to be the Coromandel. If you love beaches it’s a must for summer time; grab a kayak and venture into the caves, it’s a beautiful experience.
Roots - I grew up in Newcastle, Australia.
Training - I started learning ballet at Newcastle Dance Academy and then moved to Wellington to train at the New Zealand School of Dance.
Highlights - I danced Lead Male in Round of Angels which is a ballet choreographed by Gerald Arpino and I performed this at the New Zealand School of Dance 2019 Graduation Season. It was one of the most amazing pas de deux pieces I have ever danced.
Ballet Collective Aotearoa is my first step on my professional journey and I’m excited for what’s in store!
Favourite Jam - Space Jam ..... Looney Tunes is my favourite. Anything from Bobby Darin or a good Bebop album, now that’s my jam.
Photography: Sarah Davies, Sarah Kaye Photography