Lindsay Fischer

Artistic Director, YOU dance / Principal Ballet Master

Linsday Fischer. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

Lindsay Fischer. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.


Born in New York City, Lindsay Fischer came to Toronto in 1974 to study at Canada’s National Ballet School. After graduating in 1978, he went to Europe, joining the Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Lisbon and then Het Nationale Ballet where he was a Principal Dancer. In 1987, he returned to North America to join New York City Ballet as a Principal Dancer. He performed as a guest artist with some of the most eminent ballerinas of the era, including Margaret Barbieri, Cynthia Gregory and Evelyn Hart. 

After retiring from the stage, Mr. Fischer joined Canada’s National Ballet School where, in addition to teaching, he developed a structure to guide the school’s graduates through the transition from school to professional employment. This led to the creation of the Post-Secondary and the Dancer Career Planning Programmes at the school, both of which Mr. Fischer managed until 2007. In 2008, Mr. Fischer was appointed Director of the Professional Summer Dance Program at The Banff Centre in Alberta.

Mr. Fischer has created works for Canada’s National Ballet School students and has overseen the production of works by such notable choreographers as George Balanchine, Rudi van Dantzig, James Kudelka, Peggy Baker, Christopher House and Toer van Schayk. As well, he has staged works for and been a guest ballet master with companies in Canada and abroad. He was a guest répétiteur for The National Ballet of Canada from 1997 to 2007 and was appointed Ballet Master with the company in 2007. In 2011, he restaged Don Quixote for the National Ballet. Mr. Fischer is currently the Artistic Director of YOU dance, the National Ballet’s outreach programme focused on introducing young people to the world of dance and ballet.