Heather Ogden

Heather Ogden 2013-14 Photo Credits

Heather Ogden. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic. 

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden - head shot 2011
    Heather Ogden - head shot 2011

    Heather Ogden. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden - SB 2012
    Heather Ogden - SB 2012

    Heather Ogden. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Heather Ogden in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Heather Ogden in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in Romeo and Juliet
    Heather Ogden in Romeo and Juliet

    Heather Ogden in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Bruce Zinger. 

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in The Sleeping Beauty
    Heather Ogden in The Sleeping Beauty

    Heather Ogden in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Bruce Zinger. 

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in Swan Lake 2
    Heather Ogden in Swan Lake 2

    Heather Ogden in Swan Lake. Photo by David Cooper. 

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in Nijinsky
    Heather Ogden in Nijinsky

    Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté in Nijinsky. Photo by Erik Tomasson.

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in Onegin
    Heather Ogden in Onegin

    Heather Ogden in Onegin. Photo by Bruce Zinger. 

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in The Nutcracker
    Heather Ogden in The Nutcracker

    Heather Ogden in The Nutcracker. Photo by Bruce Zinger. 

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in Carmen
    Heather Ogden in Carmen

    Heather Ogden and Noah Long in Carmen. Photo by Sian Richards. 

  • (Thumbnail) Heather Ogden in rehearsal
    Heather Ogden in rehearsal

    Heather Ogden. Photo by Jesse Chun.

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Biography

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, 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 James Kudelka, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Jorma Elo. Recently, she danced the role of Romola in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier. 

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.  

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.  

Quotes

Romeo and Juliet 
“Juliet (a light, bright Heather Ogden) is all recklessly fast footwork and wheeling jumps." The Guardian, 2013 

The Sleeping Beauty 
“[Ogden’s] 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 

Nijinsky 
“Heather Ogden (Côté’s spouse in real life) also delivers an arresting performance as Romola.” National Post, 2013