Brendan Saye

Bredan Saye 2013-14 Photo Credits

Brendan Saye, photo by Sian Richards.


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, joined the Corps de Ballet in 2009 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2013.  

Mr. Saye’s repertoire includes the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Icicle in The Nutcracker as well as roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Onegin, Giselle, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 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, No. 24 and Enkeli. Recently, Mr. Saye danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.  

In 2012, Mr. Saye represented the National Ballet in The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize with Corps de Ballet member Emma Hawes. That same year, he was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. While a student at Canada’s National Ballet School, Mr. Saye was the recipient of both the Peter Dwyer Award and Christopher Ondaatje Prize. 

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