Calley Skalnik

First Soloist

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Quick Facts

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

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

 

Five Things to Know

  1. 1Calley started dancing at the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education when she was eight years old. In 2012, she attended the Youth America Grand Prix in New York, where she was offered a scholarship to Canada’s National Ballet School.
     
  2. 2She dances the principal role of The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker as well as featured roles such as Russian Princess in Swan Lake, Calliope in Apollo and Kitty in Anna Karenina.
     
  3. 3Calley’s repertoire includes The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Onegin, Frame by Frame, Manon, The Dream, Chaconne, The Second Detail, Genus, Angels’ Atlas and Orpheus Alive, among other works.
     
  4. 4In 2016, Calley represented the National Ballet in The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. Choreographic Associate Robert Binet created the contemporary pas de deux, Self and Soul, for the competition.
     
  5. 5During the COVID-19 pandemic, Calley began offering movement and fitness classes online. Their popularity led her to create a personal training business, Coach Calley.

 

 

Reviews

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

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

After the Rain
“Calley Skalnik… is really starting to get noticed, and rightly so... with lovely classical technique and wonderful musicality.”
— Ludwig van Toronto 

Awards

RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award (2015)

Other Projects

Coach Calley personal training