Calley Skalnik

First Soloist


Calley Skalnik was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and trained at Tulsa Ballet in Oklahoma and Canada’s National Ballet School. Calley joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2014 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2021.

Calley has danced such roles as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Russian Princess in Swan Lake, Calliope in Apollo and Kitty in the North American premiere of Anna Karenina. Her repertoire includes The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, The Merry Widow, Frame by Frame, Le Petit Prince, Pinocchio, A Streetcar Named Desire, Manon, La Sylphide, The Dream, Chaconne, Paquita, The Four Seasons, The Second Detail, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, The Four Temperaments, Genus, Symphony #9, Angels’ Atlas, Emergence, Paz de la Jolla, Night, Orpheus Alive and Self and Soul.

In 2016, Calley represented the National Ballet in The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize.

Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Quick Facts

Born: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa Ballet in Oklahoma and Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2014
First Soloist since: 2021


The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
“Calley Skalnik melds an athletic spirit with gorgeous buoyancy and grace.”  
— The Globe and Mail

Swan Lake
“Corps dancer Calley Skalnik stood out for her soulful rendition of the Russian Princess in Act 3.”  
— The Globe and Mail