Fischer is a native of New York City. After graduating from Canada’s National
Ballet School in 1978, he danced internationally with ballet companies in
Lisbon, Amsterdam and New York City. During that time he performed as a
Principal Dancer with both the Dutch National Ballet and New York City Ballet
and as a guest artist with such well-known ballerinas as Margaret Barbieri,
Cynthia Gregory and Evelyn Hart.
his retirement from the stage, Mr. Fischer joined the artistic staff of
Canada’s National Ballet School where, along with his teaching duties, he
developed a structure to help guide the school’s graduates through the process
from high school and graduation to professional employment. This resulted in
the creation of the school’s Post-Secondary and Dancer Career Planning
Programmes, both of which Mr. Fischer managed until leaving the school in 2007.
In 2008, Mr. Fischer was appointed Director of the Professional Summer Dance
Programme at The Banff Centre in Alberta.
Fischer has created ballets for the senior students of Canada’s National Ballet
School and has overseen the production of works by other choreographers,
including George Balanchine, James Kudelka, Rudi van Dantzig, Peggy Baker,
Christopher House, Matjash Mrozewski and Toer van Schayk. He has also staged
works and been a guest Ballet Master with companies in Canada and abroad. He
was a guest répétiteur for The National Ballet of Canada from 1997 to 2007 and
in 2007, assumed the position of Ballet Master. In 2011 he restaged Don Quixote for the National Ballet. He is presently the Artistic Director of
YOU dance, the National Ballet’s outreach programme that introduces young
people to the world of dance and ballet.