Faces of Tamworth: professional dancer in New York, Verity Brown

She’s a professional dancer and model living it up in the Big Apple. Now 21 and in her fourth year of living in NYC, Verity Brown works as a freelance dancer and also models for Westhaven International in both runway and print media.

Verity has graced the catwalk many times during New York Fashion Week, as well as being featured in Sheeba Magazine. She has been cast in background roles for TV shows The Path (Hulu), The Good Fight (CBS) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) and many more.

Born and bred in Tamworth, Verity attended Timbumburi Public School and then spent her first three high school years at Calrossy Girls School, having won a music and dance scholarship.

While attending En Avant Dance Academy and achieving such heights as the Tamworth Eisteddfod classical championship, she was encouraged by her teacher to pursue a dance career if she wanted.

At the very young age of 15, Verity left her family to study ballet full-time at the prestigious Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney, winning her place after audition. While there, she finished her schooling at the Sydney Distance Education High School, doing her studies in the evenings and on weekends when not dancing during the day six days a week. 

For two years, Verity was a member of the Sydney City Youth Ballet and performed ballets such as The Nutcracker and Polar Express by Paul Boyd.

After graduating, Verity went on a European tour auditioning for many world-class ballet schools as well as auditioning via video to other parts of the world. In the end, she had a choice of four. The world-renowned Ailey School won out and, at 17, Verity moved on her own to NYC. 

In her final year at Ailey, Verity performed in the Ailey ASPG Performance Group, touring schools in greater New York. Last year she graduated with honours and is working hard for that big break.

Anyone who knows Verity will tell you she is quiet and gentle-natured, but her achievements speak of her determination and grit. 

Verity loved growing up in Tamworth and the many opportunities she was afforded. She loves to share with New Yorkers things about her home town and country – even though many people mistake her for being English and can’t pronounce her name for quids. 

While home on summer break one year, Verity was the featured artist at the Australian Wool Awards here in Tamworth, dancing a contemporary piece with a piece of woollen fabric. 

Verity looks forward to returning to Australia one day to share her experiences, but for now she is revelling in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of living and working in the entertainment city of the world.

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