Brendan Saye

First Soloist

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Brendan Saye was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and trained at Canada's National Ballet School. Mr. Saye joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2017.

“For someone of his age and experience, Saye made an admirable debut, investing the steps with meaning and shaping a very personal, more moodily brooding Romeo.”
Dance International

Recently, Mr. Saye made his debut in the title role in Apollo. His repertoire also includes Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Karenin in the North American premiere of Anna Karenina, A Man in The Four Seasons, Phlegmatic in The Four Temperaments, an Icicle in The Nutcracker, Oberon in The Dream and Le Roi in Le Petit Prince. Mr. Saye has danced featured roles in Cinderella, Hamlet, The Second Detail, In The Upper Room, Chroma, Paz de la Jolla, Enkeli and Self and Soul.

In 2012, Mr. Saye received the Patron Award of Merit and represented the National Ballet in The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. He also received the Peter Dwyer Award and Christopher Ondaatje Prize in 2008 while a student at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson.

Quick Facts

Born: Vancouver, British Columbia
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2008
First Soloist since: 2017


“Saye is certainly someone to watch. He seems to be a dancing actor of keen intelligence as well as possessing a flawless technique.”

"The central male trio (Stephen, Saye and Tedaldi) with its complex, lightning fast, staccato manipulations, brought down the house."

— The Globe and Mail

“Greta Hodgkinson, Robert Stephen and Brendan Saye stand out as well in a tight, combustible unit that gives this work edge.”
— The Hamilton Spectator