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Svetlana Lunkina in Swan Lake. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

2021/22 Return to the Stage

Single Tickets On Sale Now
Single tickets are now on sale for the entire season, including The Nutcracker and the long anticipated world premiere of Swan Lake.

World Premiere by Vanesa Montoya
“I’m inspired by the spirituality and enigmatic side of night and the emotions it elicits – peace, solitude, fear, reflection."

Introducing Hope Muir
Artistic Director Designate Hope Muir will be stepping into her new role in January 2022.



Xiao Nan Yu. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Company News

Jillian Vanstone Retires
Principal Dancer Jillian Vanstone has a vivacity and precision that make her performances uniquely uplifting. She will give her final performances in March, capping a gorgeous career of 22 years on stage.

Xiao Nan Yu Returns as Artistic Coach
“I've always been interested in teaching and mentoring the next generation of ballet dancers. This idea came into fruition toward the end of my career with deepening clarity.”

Robert Binet Joins Artistic Staff
“I have always wanted to be part of a community of choreographers who fascinate and inspire me, and through CreativAction that is becoming a reality.”



Brenna Flaherty. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Dancer Q&As

Donald Thom, First Soloist >
"During our recent shows at Harbourfront Centre, I had a full moment on stage where I realized that I’m really living my lifelong dream."

Brenna Flaherty, Second Soloist >
"I am constantly reminding myself: Don’t aim to impress the coach, your peers, or even the audience. Aim to impress the material."

Koto Ishihara, Principal Dancer >
"Work hard – the efforts will not betray you."



Naoya Ebe and Jordana Daumec. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Creating Space >
First Soloist Tanya Howard leads a discussion about creating space in the ballet world with Choreographer Kevin A. Ormsby and Corps de Ballet members Alexander Skinner and Tene Ward.

Hosting Dancer Conversations on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion >
“I wanted to give each dancer a safe, confidential space to talk freely and honestly about how they’re feeling about their experiences within The National Ballet of Canada and what we want to see for the company going forward.” – First Soloist Jordana Daumec.

The Equity Project >
“There are things that just take heart, there are things that take time, there are things that take effort and there are things that take money” – Theresa Ruth Howard

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