Genevieve Penn Nabity Wins Rolex Dancers First Award

Rolex Dancers First

October 27, 2022… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, announced today that Genevieve Penn Nabity is the recipient of the 2022 Rolex Dancers First Award. The award was presented by Maxim Lamarre, President and CEO, Rolex Canada Ltd., at a dinner and presentation in Toronto last night.    

The Rolex Dancers First Award recognizes outstanding performances in the previous season and is juried by a committee of members of the National Ballet’s Artistic Staff. Penn Nabity was recognized for her exceptional dramatic power, impeccable technique, musicality and the artistic authenticity of her thrilling debut performance as Odette/Odile in Karen Kain’s Swan Lake. After her final performance, she was promoted from Second Soloist to Principal Dancer on stage by Muir. At the ceremony, Penn Nabity was presented with a specially engraved Rolex watch.  

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Penn Nabity will next appear onstage in the National Ballet’s Fall Season which opens with a mixed programme of the Canadian premiere of Alonzo King’s The Collective AgreementVanesa G. R. Montoya’s Crepuscular and Concerto by Kenneth MacMillan, November 9 – 13, 2022, followed by the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM, November 23 – 30, 2022. 

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The Dancers First programme supports dancers of the National Ballet with funds for artistic development and health and wellness resources. Currently, there are 21 dancers generously sponsored through Dancers First.    

Since its inception, Rolex has encouraged individual excellence and the pursuit of perfection. In keeping with this long tradition, Rolex continues to contribute to the arts world through its various sponsorship activities. Rolex Canada has generously sponsored the Rolex Dancers First Award since 2010.   

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The Rolex Dancers First Award is generously sponsored by Rolex Canada Ltd.  

BMO Financial Group presents the 2022/23 season.  

Lead philanthropic support for Crepuscular is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund and The Producers’ Circle. 

Lead philanthropic support for MADDADDAM is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Tony Arrell, C.M. & Anne Arrell, Rosamond Ivey, The Gail Hutchison Fund, Tim & Frances Price, Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C. and The Producers’ Circle.  

The commissioned score for MADDADDAM has been generously underwritten by Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.  

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, 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, C.M & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. 

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 Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 

Genevieve Penn Nabity in Swan Lake. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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