Emma Ouellet

Corps de Ballet

Emma Ouellet

Emma Ouellet. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Quick Facts

Born: London, Ontario
Victoria Carter London Dance Centre, Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2020

Corps de Ballet since: 2022

Emma Ouellet sponsored through Dancers First by Victor & Bernice Royce.


Five Things to Know

  1. 1In the fall of 2021, Emma performed for the first time with the National Ballet in Balanchine’s Serenade. She grew up inspired by watching the company perform and her first performance on the Four Seasons Centre stage was a moment she will never forget.
  2. 2Emma’s favourite thing to do outside of ballet is spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys skiing, cooking, baking, jewelry making and searching on Pinterest for fun DIY projects.
  3. 3Emma trained in all styles of dance at her home studio before joining Canada’s National Ballet School in Grade 9. Through opportunities at the school, and now with the National Ballet, she has developed a love for contemporary dance in addition to her passion for classical ballet and is so happy to be in a company that delves into incredible repertoire across the spectrum of both styles.
  5. 4Emma loves to travel and enjoys new world adventures with the people she loves most. Greece is currently at the top of her bucket list so that she can live out her Mamma Mia dreams! 
  7. 5Emma is bilingual in English and French. She and other French speaking dancers have started “French Fridays”, where they try to speak solely in French to each other. 


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1Onegin
  2. 2Angels' Atlas
  3. 3Romeo and Juliet (Sir Kenneth MacMillan)
  6. 5Alice's Adventure in Wonderland 


Full Biography

Emma Ouellet was born in London, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2020 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2022. 

Emma’s repertoire includes Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Streetcar Named Desire, MADDADDAM, Angels’ Atlas, Serenade, Symphony in C, Concerto, Frame by Frame and Alleged Dances

In 2023, Emma received the Patron Award of Merit. In 2022, Emma received the RBC Emerging Artist Award, in 2020, she was the recipient of the Jeffery Kirk Award, in 2019 the Peter Dwyer Award and the Marijan Bayer Award in 2015.


Learn More

Ballet News+: 20 Questions With Emma Ouellet




“In the National Ballet’s North American premiere of islands, Heather Ogden and Emma Ouellet made an extraordinary duo in a sculptural, ever-evolving partnership, in which they define their own performance space as well as a new physics of women partnering each other.”
— Susan Walker Artsblog


Marijan Bayer Award in 2015 
Peter Dwyer Award in 2019 
Jeffery Kirk Award in 2020 
RBC Emerging Artist Award 2022 
Patron Award of Merit 2023