Born: Calgary, Alberta
Trained: International School of Ballet in Calgary, Alberta and Boston Ballet School’s Trainee Program in Massachusetts
First Soloist since: 2016
Alexandra MacDonald is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Five Things to Know
- 1Alexandra enjoys all manners of crafts! She also loves to read and is always looking for a good book recommendation.
- 2She shares the same birthday as her son, Gus.
- 3She is slightly superstitious about which pointe shoe to put on first before a show (left before right).
- 4Her repertoire of classical roles includes Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle, Titania in The Dream and La Vaniteuse in Le Petit Prince.
- She performed an innovative and hilarious pas de deux in the company premiere of Alexander Ekman’s Cacti in 2016, one of many contemporary works in her repertoire.
- 4Glass Pieces
- 5The Second Detail
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 has danced such roles as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Titania in The Dream, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, Choleric in The Four Temperaments and La Vaniteuse in Le Petit Prince. She has 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, Angels’ Atlas, Cacti and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.
In 2018, Alexandra was the recipient of the David Tory Award and in 2010, she 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, Alexandra received the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award and was a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition.
“Snow Queen (Alexandra MacDonald)… Her pure classical lines and refined (but never too modest) port de bras seem to flow from the same source as her solidity, her high legs and powerful turns.”
— 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
“Alexandra MacDonald was radiant as the Principal Fairy in the prologue and as the Diamond Lady in Act III… MacDonald has beautiful long lines and a buoyancy to her dancing that made her a pleasure to watch.”
David Tory Award (2018)
Patron Award of Merit (2010)
Finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix (2007)
Prix de Lausanne (2007)
The Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award (2006)
Finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition (2006)