Rebekah Rimsay was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and trained
at Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in
1987, became a First Soloist in 1998 and was promoted to Principal Character
Artist in 2012.
As a Principal Character Artist, Ms. Rimsay repertoire
includes such roles as Carabosse in The
Sleeping Beauty, Nurse in Romeo and
Juliet and Baba in The Nutcracker.
Ms. Rimsay’s repertoire also includes featured roles in Onegin, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, The Merry Widow, Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland, Washington Square, The
Seagull, Apollo, Carmen, Jewels, Serenade, West Side Story Suite, The Man in Black, In the Night and 24
Preludes by Chopin. She has created a number of notable roles in works
by James Kudelka, including An Italian
Straw Hat, Cinderella, The
Contract (The Pied Piper) and The
Four Seasons. Recently, Ms. Rimsay danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.
Ms. Rimsay was the recipient of the William Marrié Award for
Dramatic Achievement for Carabosse in The
Sleeping Beauty in 2010 and she won the same award for her role as the
Stepsister in Cinderella in 2004.
“From their first entrance on stage to the
final curtain calls, the stepsisters almost steal the show with their over the
top antics… Rimsay has perfected the role since dancing in the premiere in
2004. Her comic timing is spot-on and her facial expressions priceless.” Danceview Times, 2010
The Sleeping Beauty
“Rebekah Rimsay radiated wickedness as the
evil Carabosse. One audience member compared her chilling performance to Celia
Franca’s – the company’s first artistic director, who played the role to much
acclaim in the National’s inaugural performance of TheSleeping
Beauty.” The National Post, 2012
“Gilding the lily is the tavern dancer
Rebekah Rimsay who seduces with her castanets.” The Globe and Mail, 2011