Alexandra MacDonald

First Soloist

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Biography

Alexandra MacDonald was born in Calgary, Alberta and trained at the International School of Ballet in Calgary, Alberta and Boston Ballet’s Trainee Program in Massachusetts. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2007 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2016.

“Alexandra MacDonald as the Principal Fairy, was a particular stand-out. Tall and willowy, she is blessed with a stately presence and crisp technique. Definitely one to watch.”
The Globe and Mail

Recently, Ms. MacDonald made her debut as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Her repertoire includes such roles as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, Principal and First Fairy and Diamond Lady in The Sleeping Beauty, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle, Choleric in The Four Temperaments and La Vaniteuse in Le Petit Prince. Ms. MacDonald also danced roles in the world premiere of Frame by Frame by Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté as well as in such ballets as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Nijinsky, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, Hamlet, The Seagull, Pinocchio, The Concert, Symphony in C, Elite Syncopations, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Theme and Variations, The Four Seasons, West Side Story Suite, Glass Pieces, Carousel (A Dance), Emergence, Cacti and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.

In 2010, Ms. MacDonald received the Patron Award of Merit. She was a finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix and competed in the Prix de Lausanne in 2007. In 2006, Ms. MacDonald received the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award and was a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2017/18 David Tory Award.

Alexandra MacDonald is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Quick Facts

Born: Calgary, Alberta
Trained: International School of Ballet in Calgary, Alberta and Boston Ballet School’s Trainee Program in Massachusetts
Joined: 2007
First Soloist since: 2016

Quotes

The Nutcracker
“Snow Queen (Alexandra MacDonald)… Her pure classical lines and refined (but never too modest) port de bras seems to flow from the same source as her solidity, her high legs and powerful turns.”
— The Globe and Mail

The Four Temperaments
“Alexandra MacDonald seemed to have been dropped onstage from New-York-City-Ballet heaven… not only technically impeccable, but also fiercely present and possessing a maturity that exceeds her years.”
— The Globe and Mail

The Sleeping Beauty
“Special mention should go to corps de ballet member Alexandra MacDonald who made her debut as the Principal Fairy... MacDonald gave a serene, self-assured performance and impressed with perfectly placed slow fouettés in the coda.”
— DanceViewTimes.com