Tanya Howard was born in Uitenhage, South Africa and trained
at The National School of the Arts in South Africa and Canada’s National Ballet
School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and was promoted to
First Soloist in 2007.
Ms. Howard’s repertoire includes Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Stepsister in Cinderella and Summer Lead in The Four Seasons. Her repertoire also
includes feature roles in Swan Lake,
Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Taming of
the Shrew, Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland, Les Sylphides, Opus
19/The Dreamer, Elite Syncopations, Serenade, Jewels, Symphony in C, Monotones
II, Voluntaries, Désir, Glass Pieces, Carmen and Pur ti Miro.
In 2011, Ms. Howard was awarded the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence for her role as the
Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in
Tanya Howard is sponsored
through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.
“Tanya Howard particularly shines as the
Spanish Princess with her sky-high extensions and musicality.” The National
debuting as the assertive stepsister, reveals a comic mastery one hardly
suspected in such an otherwise demurely refined artist.” The Toronto Star, 2010
Opus 19/The Dreamer
“Tanya Howard moved with and against Hirano’s masculinity,
suggesting warmth and purity.” The Hamilton Spectator, 2010