Naoya Ebe

Naoya Ebe 2013-14 Photo Credits

Naoya Ebe, photo by Sian Richards.


Naoya Ebe was born in Tokyo, Japan and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2006 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2012.  

Mr. Ebe’s repertoire includes the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Jack/Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Colas in La Fille mal gardée as well as featured roles in Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. He also danced in The Sleeping Beauty,Onegin, Don Quixote, The Taming of the Shrew, Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Glass Pieces, Pur ti Miro, Watch Her, The Four Seasons, Elite Syncopations, West Side Story Suite, Russian Seasons and Emergence. Recently, Mr. Ebe performed the roles of the Harlequin and Spirit of the Rose in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.  

In 2011, Mr. Ebe represented the National Ballet in The Ninth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize with Corps de Ballet member Shino Mori.  

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross. 


Romeo and Juliet 
“Mr. Ebe [was] very fine as Romeo, effortlessly releasing one poetic flight after another.” The New York Times, 2013 

“Ebe’s Albrecht encapsulated the youth without trace of malice. His remorse in Act II was tender and heart-felt, conveyed through dancing that was beautifully phrased to express his emotional pain.” Dancing Times, 2013 

Pur ti Miro 
“One to watch is corps de ballet member Naoya Ebe, who spins like a dynamo in an exhilarating solo.” The National Post, 2010