Who Are We?

Who Are We?

Did You Know That The National Ballet of Canada…

  • Was created in 1951 by English dancer Celia Franca who moved to Toronto, Canada to establish a ballet company.
  • Presented its first performance of Les Sylphides and the Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor at The Eaton Auditorium in Toronto on November 12, 1951.

  • Tours across Canada, the United States and throughout the world including London, Paris, Hamburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

  • Has more than 70 dancers and its own orchestra.

Who is Karen Kain?

Karen Kain is the current Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, a role she has held since 2005. Before she was Artistic Director, Ms. Kain was a dancer. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, she trained at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto and then joined the National Ballet in 1969. She is considered one of the most gifted classical dancers of her time and is noted for her compelling characterizations and versatility as a performer. Ms. Kain retired from dancing following a farewell tour in 1997.

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