Brendan Saye

Brendan Saye 14/15 Photo Credits

Brendan Saye. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.


Brendan Saye was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and trained at Canada's National Ballet School. Mr. Saye joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2013.  

Mr. Saye’s repertoire includes the role of Romeo in the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky, Icicle in The Nutcracker, the lead in No. 24 as well as roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Onegin, Giselle, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, The Seagull, Hamlet, Carmen, The Four Seasons, Opus 19/The Dreamer, In The Upper Room, the second detail, Glass Pieces, West Side Story Suite, Chroma, Emergence and Enkeli.  

In 2012, Mr. Saye received the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and represented the National Ballet in The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize with Corps de Ballet member Emma Hawes. He also received the Peter Dwyer Award and Christopher Ondaatje Prize in 2008 while a student at Canada’s National Ballet School. 

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin & Ross Robinson.  


Romeo and Juliet 
"For someone of his age and experience, Saye made an admirable debut, investing the steps with meaning and shaping a very personal, more moodily brooding Romeo. He's certainly someone to watch." Dance International, 2012

“Saye is certainly someone to watch. He seems to be a dancing actor of keen intelligence as well as possessing a flawless technique.” Paula, 2012

“The central male trio (Stephen, Saye and Tedaldi) with its complex, lightning fast, staccato manipulations, brought down the house.” The Globe and Mail, 2010