Alexander Skinner

Corps de Ballet

Alexander Skinner

Alexander Skinner. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Quick Facts

Born: Ottawa, Ontario
Trained: The School of Dance in Ottawa, Ontario and Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2017
Corps de Ballet since: 2018

Alexander Skinner is sponsored through Dancers First by Anne & David LeGresley.


Five Things to Know

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  2. Born in Ottawa, Alexander played soccer and hockey before starting ballet at the age of 13.
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  5. He trained at The School of Dance and Canada's National Ballet School before joining The National Ballet of Canada as an RBC Apprentice in 2017. He has been a member of the Corps de Ballet since 2018.
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    1. As a teenager, Alexander was a journalist for his high school newspaper. He has a passion for languages and speaks English, French and Italian; he is actively learning Korean.
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  11. In 2020, he made his debut in Wayne McGregor’s electric ballet Chroma. He danced the featured role of Seryozha, Anna’s son, in the North American premiere of John Neumeier’s Anna Karenina in 2018.
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  14. One of his favourite performance memories includes dancing alongside Cirque du Soleil at the opening ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.


Favourite Ballets

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  2. Anna Karenina

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  4. Chroma

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  6. Giselle
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  9. Swan Lake

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  11. Emergence


Full Biography

Alexander Skinner was born in Ottawa, Ontario and trained at The School of Dance in Ottawa, Ontario and Canada’s National Ballet School. Alexander joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2017 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2018. 

Alexander recently made his debut as Guy Glover in Frame by Frame, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and danced in the Canadian premiere of Alonzo King’s The Collective Agreement. His repertoire includes Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, Anna Karenina, The Merry Widow, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Dream, The Second Detail, MADDADDAM, Chroma, Emergence, Angels’ Atlas, Elite Syncopations, Concerto, Symphony in C, Etudes, Chaconne, Marguerite and Armand, Alleged Dances, Being and Nothingness, The Dreamers Ever Leave You, Orpheus Alive, Night, On Solid Ground, 4 for 5 and as seen from before.  

Alexander was awarded the RBC Emerging Artist Award in 2018, the David Tory Award in 2020 and the Patron Award of Merit in 2021. 


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“The cast on opening night was stellar... along with elegant newcomer Alexander Skinner.”
– The Globe and Mail


David Tory Award (2020)
RBC Emerging Artist Award (2018)
Patron Award of Merit (2021)