Skylar Campbell Joins Houston Ballet

Departs in January 2022


October 20, 2021… Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Principal Dancer Skylar Campbell will depart The National Ballet of Canada to join Houston Ballet as a Principal Dancer in January 2022.

“Skylar is an incredibly thoughtful performer who approaches each role with confidence, energy and care. It has been a privilege and a joy to watch his many brilliant performances with the National Ballet. We will all miss his magnetic stage presence and wish him the very best for this exciting new opportunity with Houston Ballet,” said Mr. Hughson.

Born in Laguna Beach, California, Mr. Campbell trained with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky and mentor and coach David Allan in Orange County, California. He joined the National Ballet in 2009 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2018. Mr. Campbell created the title role in the world premiere of Pinocchio by Will Tuckett and has danced the title roles in Nijinsky and Le Petit Prince. His repertoire as a Principal Dancer has also included Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Hilarion in Giselle, Alain in La Fille mal gardée, Gurn in La Sylphide, Jack/The Knave of Hearts and Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, Camille in The Merry Widow, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Puck in The Dream, Levin in Anna Karenina and Alan in A Streetcar Named Desire.

"This is a bittersweet goodbye. The National Ballet of Canada has been my artistic home for 12 years. I will forever carry beautiful memories shared on and off the stage alongside my inspirational colleagues at the company. The National Ballet has provided me with many fantastic opportunities and I am looking forward to this next chapter in my career with Houston Ballet,” said Mr. Campbell.

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Mr. Campbell will next perform onstage in the Fall Season with Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas, presented on a mixed programme with George Balanchine’s Serenade, November 11 – 27, 2021.

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

Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger. 

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 the Toronto Arts Council; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Skylar Campbell. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

For more information:

Catherine Chang
Associate Director, Communications and Content Strategy
416 345 9686 x302
Anastasia Kolotova
Officer, Communications and Media Relations
416 345 9686 x359


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