Social Distancing Dancers
April 7, 2020
The National Ballet of Canada dancers are at home practicing safe social distancing, keeping busy finding creative ways to stay fit, teaching classes on the company’s Instagram LIVE, baking, reading and more.
Principal Dancer, Guillaume Côté
Guillaume has been spending his time with his family and sharing the “stage” with his daughter Emma. The pair have been recreating famous moments in ballet including the section from the balcony Pas de Deux in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet. Follow him @guillaumecote for more re-creations.
Principal Dancer, Elena Lobsanova
Elena has been perfecting her table tennis skills and powering through a 500-piece puzzle. This is also the perfect time for her to catch up on some reading, try out new recipes and knit cute animals. To stay in shape, she’s been doing class in her kitchen and trying out her Fitbit ab coach sessions.
Evan McKie, Principal Dancer
Evan recently received his Oxford Executive Leadership Certification and during this time, he plans to further his education with other online courses. When he isn’t studying, Evan is doing Pilates and ballet barre in the kitchen. He is also having virtual dance parties with friends.
Jordana Daumec, First Soloist
Taking some time to enjoy the warmer weather, Jordana has been gardening and planting in the spring sunshine, out on her deck and all around the house.
Tanya Howard, First Soloist
First Soloist Tanya Howard has been spending her time in self-isolation with her kids and husband. The perfect activity to include her entire family, Tanya has been busy baking bread and other goodies.
Chelsy Meiss, First Soloist
Chelsy started a YouTube channel where she will be vlogging her daily life and what it’s like to be a ballerina. You can subscribe to her channel where she has already posted two videos “a reminder to breathe” and “Ballet Barre at home”. She was also virtually featured on CTV’s Your Morning with host Anne-Marie Mediwake about the LIVE classes the National Ballet dancer’s have been providing on Instagram from their homes.
Siphesihle November, Second Soloist
Taking time to dance for fun, Siphesihle has been turning on music and improvising all around his apartment.
Shené Lazarus and Tene Ward, Corps de Ballet
Shené and Tene are expanding their dance cred on Tik Tok, the latest social media craze. Follow along and learn some of their moves!
Nicholas Rose, Corps de Ballet
When he’s not live streaming classes, Nicholas is entertaining us with his beautiful cello-playing skills.
Thomas Leprohon, Apprentice
Apprentice Thomas Leprohon has been busy dancing and working out at home, making a barre from his kitchen island and the railing on his deck. When he isn’t dancing, he’s an avid artist, drawing and painting pieces inspired from the company repertoire. The piece below is inspired by Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas, which is coming back to the National Ballet stage November 11 – 15, 2020.
Maria Seletskaja, Conductor-in-Residence
The National Ballet’s newest Conductor-in-Residence, Maria has been busy puzzling with family and teaching her son Benjamin the violin.
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