2021/22 Season Roster Announced

Xiao Nan Yu and Robert Binet Join Artistic Staff 

September 13, 2021… Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the 2021/22 season roster which features 59 dancers and 12 RBC Apprentices.


As previously announced, nine dancers are promoted in the 2021/22 season: Koto Ishihara, Siphesihle November, Tina Pereira and Ben Rudisin to Principal Dancer, Jeannine Haller and Calley Skalnik to First Soloist, and Brenna Flaherty, Noah Parets and Genevieve Penn Nabity to Second Soloist.

Former Principal Dancer Xiao Nan Yu joins The National Ballet of Canada as Artistic Coach. Ms. Yu retired from the stage at the end of the 2019/20 season after a wonderful 22-year career with the National Ballet. Before joining the company’s artistic staff, Ms. Yu was a Ballet Instructor at Canada’s National Ballet School from 2019 to 2021, teaching a new generation of dancers.

Xiao Nan Yu’s Full Biography >

In addition to his role as Choreographic Associate, Robert Binet has been named Curator and Producer, CreativAction and Special Initiatives. Created in 2019, CreativAction focuses on developing Canadian dancemakers and supporting the broader dance community in Toronto. Mr. Binet will continue to curate CreativAction’s three core activities: Choreographic Workshop, Open Space and Micro-commissions. Recently, Mr. Binet curated programming for Sharing the Stage, the company’s outdoor residency at Harbourfront Centre, working with members of the dance community to offer free classes, open rehearsals and discussions about dance and creation.

Robert Binet’s Full Biography >


Corps de Ballet member Nan Wang has retired after a 17-year career with the National Ballet and Artistic Director, YOU dance/Principal Ballet Master, Lindsay Fischer has joined The Sarasota Ballet in Florida as Assistant Education Director and Principal Company Teacher.

Dancer Roster and Full Biographies >


Principal Character Artist Stephanie Hutchison celebrates her 25th anniversary with the National Ballet this season.

Fall Season

The National Ballet makes its highly anticipated return to the stage this fall with a moving mixed programme featuring Angels’ Atlas by Crystal Pite and Serenade by George Balanchine, November 11 – 27, 2021.

2021/22 Season >

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Angels’ Atlas is commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada and is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Ballett Zürich.

Philanthropic support for Angels’ Atlas is generously provided by An Anonymous Donor, Rosamond Ivey, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The Producers’ Circle, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Gail Hutchison Fund.

The performance of Serenade, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced by arrangement with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique®. Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

The National Ballet of Canada’s Education and Community Engagement programmes are generously supported by the Anna McCowan Johnson Dance Accessibility Fund at The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation.

The RBC Apprentice Programme is sponsored by The RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Sharing the Stage is an initiative of Staging Change which is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation.

The National Ballet of Canada’s CreativAction programme is made possible by the generous support of Robyn McCallum & Stephen Delaney.

YOU dance is supported by Ballet Club Relevé, J.P. Bickell Foundation, Susanne Boyce and Brendan Mullen, Maxine Goldberg, the Steve and Sally Stavro Foundation, Beth & Brent Wilson, The Woodbridge Company, and One Anonymous Donor.

Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.

Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Jeannine Haller is sponsored through Dancers First by Devida & Derek Smith.

Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Noah Parets is sponsored through Dancers First by John Covington Jr and Robert Lukey.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

Svetlana Lunkina. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

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