Tanya Howard

Tanya Howard 2013-14 Photo Credits

Tanya Howard, photo by Sian Richards.


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 the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Stepsister in Cinderella and Summer Lead in The Four Seasons as well as roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Taming of the Shrew, Les Sylphides, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Elite Syncopations, Serenade, Jewels, Symphony in C, Monotones II, Voluntaries, Désir, Glass Pieces, Carmen and Pur ti Miro. She created roles in Monument and Wolf’s Court and performed in the company premieres of Russian Seasons and Chroma. Recently, Ms. Howard danced the role of the Queen of Hearts in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon. 

In 2010, Ms. Howard danced with the company in 24 Preludes by Chopin at the Cultural Olympiad at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 

Ms. Howard was awarded the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence for her role as The Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 2011.  

Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.  


Swan Lake  
“Tanya Howard particularly shines as the Spanish Princess with her sky-high extensions and musicality.” The National Post, 2010 

“Tanya Howard, 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