Emma Hawes

First Soloist

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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 addition to being a First Soloist with the National Ballet, Ms. Hawes also performs with English National Ballet. 

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

Recently, Ms. Hawes’ made her debut in the title role in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Her repertoire also includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the title role in Cinderella and Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Princess Florine and Principal Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Effie in La Sylphide, Summer in The Four Seasons and the female lead in Paz de la Jolla andi. She has also danced roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Nijinsky, La Fille mal gardée, The Seagull, Theme and Variations, The Concert, Emergence, Cacti and The Dreamers Ever Leave You. Her repertoire with English National Ballet includes Odette/Odile in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake, the title role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Lescaut's Mistress in Manon.

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.


Quick Facts

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

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


“[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