Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Henry Seldon trained at Anneliese Gilberd Academy in New Zealand and the School of Alberta Ballet in Canada. He danced with Alberta Ballet and joined Hong Kong Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member in 2017 and became Coryphée in 2022.
With HKB, Seldon has performed the featured roles of Rat King, Fairy Carabosse and Puss in Boots in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Egyptian Doll and Russian Doll in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, the Nutcracker in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, the Ugly Stepsister in Webre’s Cinderella, Cheshire Cat and King of Hearts in Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), Mr Parker in Webre’s Romeo + Juliet and Crocodile and Nana the dog in Webre’s Peter Pan. He has also danced in John Meehan’s Swan Lake, Webre and Charla Genn’s Giselle, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Anna-Marie Holmes’ Le Corsaire, Webre’s The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet and Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella, George Balachine’s Jewels, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux and Stephen Shropshire’s Handelwerk. Prior to joining the Company, Seldon danced in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula and Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker with Alberta Ballet.
1. Why did you start dancing?
I was four when I saw my sister taking a ballet class and asked my parents to let me to join.
2. What was the first ballet you ever performed?
My first ballet as a professional dancer was Dracula.
3. What is the most challenging ballet you have danced and what made it' so challenging?
The most challenging ballet would have to be Septime’s The Great Gatsby. The physical exhaustion I experienced after completing act one was intense.
4. How do you unwind after a show?
Usually I will have a big dinner and watch Netflix.
5. What keeps you motivated on tough days?
Just thinking of how far I have come and how grateful I am to be living the life I am.
6. What is the place where you feel most yourself?
Anywhere with my family.
7. What is your favourite food?
Most definitely pizza.
8. What is the coolest thing about being a dancer?
Performing for thousands of people.