Brett van Sickle

Brett van Sickle 2012 13 Photo Credits

Brett van Sickle, photo by Sian Richards.


Brett van Sickle was born in Hamilton, Ontario and received his training at Canada’s National Ballet School, School of American Ballet and Dutch National Ballet School.

Mr. van Sickle danced with American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Nacho Duato’s Campania Nacional de Danza before joining The National Ballet of Canada in 2006. He was promoted to First Soloist in 2011.

Recently, Mr. Van Sickle performed the role of Paris in the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky. He also danced the featured role of the Caterpillar in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon as well as Laertes and Polonius in the North American premiere of Hamlet by Kevin O’Day. 

Mr. van Sickle’s repertoire includes Swan Lake, Onegin, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, The Seagull, Opus 19/The Dreamer, The Four Temperaments, Mozartiana, Song of the Earth, Elite Syncopations, Polyphonia,Glass Pieces, Chroma, Russian Seasons and Emergence. 

In 2010, Mr. van Sickle danced with the company in 24 Preludes by Chopin at the Cultural Olympiad at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


“Brett van Sickle as Lensky and Bridgett Zehr as Olga danced seamlessly, creating a glorious rapport that gave the ballet its second romantic heartbeat.”
Ballet Review, 2010

Swan Lake
“Brett van Sickle an elegant airborne Benno"
The Hamilton Spectator, 2010

Romeo and Juliet
“The dancer in the thankless role of Count Paris has to be tall and stately, but Brett van Sickle was more than that. One could feel his distress at Juliet's reluctance to his wooing, and his distaste for the Capulets and their tyrannical insistence on the marriage.”
The Globe and Mail, 2009