Dancer Orlando Harbutt

Orlando Harbutt (he/they) was born in New York City and spent his early childhood in Rome, Italy. He began dancing at 10 and in 2011 after relocating to the US, joined a hip hop crew curated by James Polo whilst training with a local ballet studio HVAPA. He was later scouted by Victoria Rinaldi and began competing in ballet competitions such as VKIBC, where he was awarded gold in the contemporary division. He has attended summer intensives such as NYSSSA (‘15,’16), Manhattan Youth Ballet SI (‘16,’17), The Juilliard School SI (‘17) Arts Umbrella SI (‘18,’19), Jacob’s Pillow (‘20), Body Traffic (‘21), S.W.E.A.T. (‘21) and most recently Springboard Danse Montréal (‘22). At 15, Orlando began to train with Manhattan Youth Ballet full-time, performing classics of George Balanchine as well as works by Brian Reeder and Earl Moseley, among others. At MYB, Orlando was awarded the first Men of Merit Scholarship Award. Orlando has performed works by Aszure Barton, Norbert De La Cruz III, Anne Plamondon, Gregory Dolbashian, Johannes Wieland, and Crystal Pite and has worked pre-professionally with Medhi Walerski, Rupert Tookey, Olivia Ancona, Eric Beauchesne, Tom Weinberg, Ethan Colangelo, Victor Quijada, Evangelos Poulinas, Helen Picket, and Francesca Harper and enjoyed choreographic and collaborative experiences with peers, students, and independent artists such as Jeffrey Gibson. Most recently, Orlando was dancing with The Juilliard School and Arts Umbrella before join Ballet BC in 2022. This is his second season with the company.