Calley Skalnik

Second Soloist

Calley Skalnik

Calley Skalnik. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Biography

Calley Skalnik was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and trained at Tulsa Ballet in Oklahoma and Canada’s National Ballet School. Ms. Skalnik joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2014 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2019. 

Recently, Ms. Skalnik made her debut as Calliope in Apollo. She has also danced such roles as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Russian Princess in Swan Lake 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, Paquita, The Four Seasons, The Second Detail, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, The Four Temperaments, Genus, Symphony #9, Emergence, Paz de la Jolla, Night and Self and Soul.

In 2016 Ms. Skalnik represented the National Ballet in The International Completion for the Erik Bruhn Prize.

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

Quick Facts

Born: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Trained: 
Tulsa Ballet in Oklahoma and Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2014
Second Solist since: 2019

Quotes

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