Kevin D. Bowles

Kevin Bowles 2013-14 Photo Credits

Kevin D. Bowles, photo by Sian Richards.


Kevin D. Bowles was born in Ottawa and trained at the Kanata Ballet School, The Banff Centre, Canada’s National Ballet School, Boston Conservatory and Boston Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2002, became a Second Soloist in 2006 and was promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2008. 

As a Principal Character Artist, Mr. Bowles’ roles include Uncle Nikoali in The Nutcracker, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Thomas in La Fille mal gardée. He has performed featured roles in such varied works as Swan Lake, Giselle, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Taming of the Shrew, The Seagull, Hamlet, Balanchine’s Don Quixoteone hundred words for snow and A Delicate Battle. 

He created roles in Cinderella, Monument, DEXTRIS and Emergence and danced in the company premieres of Carmen, Petrouchka, A Footstep of Air and West Side Story Suite. Recently, Mr. Bowles danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier. 

Mr. Bowles was awarded the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence for his creation of Beaujolais in An Italian Straw Hat in 2005. 


La Fille mal gardée 
“Bowles’s Thomas is suitably pompous, but he also shows tremendous love for his klutzy nebbish of a son.” The Globe and Mail, 2012

The Taming of the Shrew
“Kevin D. Bowles as Bianca’s other suitor, the bumbling Gremio, continues to remain solid in both technical and character dancing. He commands the stage whenever he is on it.” The Globe and Mail, 2007

The Nutcracker 
“When Kevin D. Bowles'... Uncle Nikolai is a marvel. Bowles cleverly conveys the fact that Nikolai is propelling the magic through his lightning-fast turns and commanding port de bras.” The Globe and Mail, 2006