Heather Ogden was born in Toronto and trained at the Richmond Academy of Dance in British Columbia before
joining The National Ballet of Canada in 1998. She was promoted to Principal
Dancer in 2005.
Ms. Ogden’s repertoire with the National
Ballet includes principal roles in Swan
Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Onegin,
Nijinsky, The Merry Widow, La
Bayadère, Cinderella, Hamlet and Carmen. She has an extensive George Balanchine repertoire and has
danced in many contemporary works, including new creations by choreographers
such as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and
Jorma Elo. Ms. Ogden has danced lead roles in ballets by James Kudelka
including the title role in Cinderella,
Summer Lead in The Four Seasons,
Hélène in An Italian Straw Hat and
most recently in the world premiere of ...
black night’s bright day ....
Ms. Ogden represented the National Ballet
at The Sixth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize with Guillaume
Côté in 2002. As a guest artist, Ms. Ogden has performed with The Suzanne
Farrell Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet, Munich Ballet and various
galas such as The Hamburg Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Gala, Gala des Étoiles,
Stars of the 21st Century Gala, the Banff Centre’s 60th Anniversary Gala and
the International Ballet Festival in Havana Cuba.
In 2011, Ms. Ogden was chosen by Evelyn
Hart for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship program.
Romeo and Juliet
“Juliet (a light, bright Heather Ogden) is all
recklessly fast footwork and wheeling jumps." The Guardian, 2013
“Heather Ogden (Côté’s spouse in real life) also delivers an arresting performance as Romola.” National Post, 2013
performance was jaw-dropping. Without so much as a wobble, she seemed to hang
in the air for an eternity.” The Globe and Mail, 2012