Trygve Cumpston

Corps de Ballet

Trygve Cumpston

Trygve Cumpston. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Quick Facts

Born: Des Moines, Iowa
Trained: School of Classical Ballet and Dance in Des Moines, Iowa, Orlando Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School  
Joined: 2012
Corps de Ballet since: 2013


Five Things to Know

  1. 1
  2. Trygve was named after his great-grandfather.
  4. 2He has a black belt in Taekwondo.
  6. 3At the age of 15, Trygve moved to San Francisco from Florida to train at San Francisco Ballet School.
  8. 4Trygve has appeared in roles such as Benno in Swan Lake, L’Allumeur in Le Petit Prince and Icicle in The Nutcracker.
  10. 5He has enjoyed working with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, John Neumeier, James Kudelka, Guillaume Côté and Robert Binet.


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1Onegin
  3. 2Nijinsky
  4. 3  
  5. 3Swan Lake
  6. 4Angels' Atlas
  8. 5Within the Golden Hour (Christopher Wheeldon)


Full Biography

Trygve Cumpston was born in Des Moines, Iowa and trained at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance in Des Moines, Iowa, Orlando Ballet School in Florida and San Francisco Ballet School in California. Trygve joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2012 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2013. 

Trygve has danced such roles as Benno in Swan Lake and L'Allumeur in Le Petit Prince. His repertoire includes The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, Anna Karenina, Pinocchio, A Streetcar Named Desire, Manon, La Sylphide, The Dream, The Four Seasons, Serenade, The Concert, Allegro Brillante, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Approximate Sonata 2016, Piano Concerto #1, Angels’ Atlas, MADDADDAM, Symphony in C, Concerto, Elite Syncopations, Paz de la Jolla, Frame by Frame, Being and Nothingness, Night, Crepuscular and On Solid Ground. 

In 2022, Trygve received the David Tory Award.