Born in Bristol England on 28th September 1957
Nigel Hannah was a student at the Royal Ballet School from the age of twelve where his teachers included Richard Glasstone, Walter Trevor, Piers Beaumont and Terry Westmoreland amongst others. He joined the former PACT BALLET (later named The State Theatre Ballet), as a member of the corps de ballet in 1977 and in 1992 was the first dancer to achieve the status of Character Principle with the company.
His career has seen him dance nearly every character role within the ballet repertoire. Some of his most notable roles include Widow Simone and Alain in LA FILLE MAL GARDEE, Madge in LA SYLPHIDE, Dr Falké and the JAILOR in ROSALINDA and Dr Coppélius in COPPÉLIA.
In 1991 Nigel joined the Dance Department at “PRO ARTE ALPHEN PARK HIGH SCHOOL” Pretoria, as a part time teacher, and from September 2002 he has been teaching on a full time basis. In 2006 he was appointed Head of Department for Dance, and together with the other teachers in this Department produces their annual show staged in the Drama Theatre at Pretoria’s STATE THEATRE – this aside from his other, numerous, responsibilities.
In 2007 he became cluster leader for the new national curriculum for Dance Studies in Gauteng.
Nigel has received numerous awards from DALRO, VITA, and FRIENDS OF THE BALLET. In 1993 he was the winner of the LILLIAN and IVAN SOLOMON AWARD in recognition of his services to PACT.
Nigel has served on the adjudicating panels for numerous competitions and ballet bursary awards for the RAD, Cecchetti and NSDT societies and has performed on an adhoc basis with various professional Ballet companies as well as, Tshwane Dance Theatre, The Youth Dance Company of Tshwane and The Johannesburg Youth Ballet whenever asked to do so.
In recent years he created the role of Captain Hook in Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s production of Peter Pan choreographed by Mark Hawkins as well as The Father in Hanzel & Gretel.
In 2001 Nigel was appointed Artistic Consultant to the JOHANNESBERG YOUTH BALLET which he co holds with fellow colleague Dianne Richards.
In December 3 years ago he performed Dr Coppélius with The Graduate College of Dance in Western Australia for long time friend and colleague Dawn Weller.
More recently, Nigel has become involved with the” Ovation Youth Dance Company” as Artistic Consultant and performed The Wicked Witch of the West in their production of The Wizard of Oz, and in 2014 added the role of The Beast in “Beauty & the Beast”. Last year saw him add “Mrs Tiggywinkle” and “Jemima Puddleduck” in “The dance illustrations of Beatrix Potter” and this year Bert in “Mary Poppins”.