Emma Hawes

First Soloist

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Biography

Emma Hawes was born in Delaware, Ohio and trained at the BalletMet's Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2011 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2017. In 2018, Ms. Hawes will perform with both The National Ballet of Canada and English National Ballet as a First Soloist.

"a breathtakingly radiant performer…Hawes is so profoundly truthful and present in her dancing.”
The Globe and Mail

Recently, Ms. Hawes made her debut as Summer in The Four Seasons and the Principal Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Her repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the title role of Cinderella, The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty and Effie in La Sylphide. Ms. Hawes has also danced roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Le Petit Prince, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Fille mal gardée, Manon, Nijinsky, The Seagull, Being and Nothingness, Theme and Variations, Cacti, The Concert, Carmen and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.

In 2012, Ms. Hawes represented the National Ballet in The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize and received the Audience Choice Award for Favourite Female Competitor.

Emma Hawes is sponsored through Dancers First by JJ Dayot & Rick Schiralli.

Quick Facts

Born: Delaware, Ohio
Trained: BalletMet’s Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio and Canada’s National Ballet School

First Soloist with English National Ballet: 2018
First Soloist since: 2017

Quotes

Cinderella
“[Hawes] offered a feisty if put-upon young woman in Act I before transforming into a ravishingly poised and elegant mystery guest at the prince’s ball.”
— Dance International

The Nutcracker
“Hawes showed off the classicist that she is, displaying a delicate filigree of movement, perfect placement and a lovely legato flow… as smooth as silk.”
— The Globe and Mail

The Dreamers Ever Leave You
“Emma Hawes, a first soloist with the company, is compelling. Dancing with complete command and easy grace… an intelligence, vulnerability and physicality that commands attention.”
— Dancing Europe