Lorna Geddes was born in Waterloo, Ontario and trained with company
co-founder Betty Oliphant. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member
of the Corps de Ballet in 1959 and performed a wide range of featured roles in
the company’s repertoire before being promoted to Principal Character Artist in
As a Principal Character Artist, Ms. Geddes has performed a
broad array of roles, including the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Nurse in Romeo
and Juliet and Onegin,the
Countess in The Sleeping Beauty, Winter
in The Four Seasons, Priestess in The Firebird and Baba in The Nutcracker.
Ms. Geddes was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress with the
company in 1984, a position she still holds today. In that role she is able to
relay her formidable and singular experience, skill and intuitive command of
the art of ballet to new generations of dancers. In addition, she has managed
the dancers’ footwear needs since 1998.
Ms. Geddes was awarded the inaugural David Tory Award in 2008.
“Lorna Geddes added
moments or warmth and humour as Tatiana’s faithful nurse.” Ballet Review, 2010
“Lorna Geddes is a handsome and elegant Fairy Godmother with
just the right touch of humor and guiding spirit.” Ballet Review, 2008
Romeo and Juliet
“Lorna Geddes milked
every comic possibility out of the enlarged cameo role of Juliet’s roly-poly
nurse” London Dance.com, 2013