Ben Rudisin was born in Woodbridge, Virginia and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and Houston Ballet II in Texas. Mr. Rudisin joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2013, was promoted to Second Soloist in 2017 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2019.
Mr. Rudisin has danced such lead roles as Diaghilev in Nijinsky, Rothbart in Swan Lake, Prince Gremin in Onegin and the male lead in Being and Nothingness. His repertoire includes Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Icicle in The Nutcracker, The Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, L'Allumeur in Le Petit Prince as well as roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, Anna Karenina, The Merry Widow, Manon, Frame by Frame, A Streetcar Named Desire, La Sylphide, The Four Seasons, The Concert, Allegro Brillante, Symphony #9, Carousel (A Dance), The Second Detail, Approximate Sonata 2016, Genus, Emergence, Cacti, Paz de la Jolla, Night and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.
Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Born: Woodbridge, Virginia
Trained: North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and Houston Ballet II in Texas
First Soloist since: 2019
"Ben Rudisin was a haughty, vaguely menacing Diaghilev and showcased impressive strength touched with sensuality."