Rebekah Rimsay was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 1995, First Soloist in 1998 and Principal Character Artist in 2012.
“The stepsisters [in Cinderella] almost steal the show with their over the top antics… Rimsay has perfected the role since dancing in the premiere in 2004. Her comic timing is spot-on and her facial expressions priceless.”
As a Principal Character Artist, her repertoire includes such roles as Carabosse and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Madge in La Sylphide and Baba in The Nutcracker. Rebekah’s repertoire also includes featured roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, The Merry Widow, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Onegin, Washington Square, The Seagull, Apollo, Jewels, Serenade, The Man in Black and 24 Preludes by Chopin. She has created a number of notable roles in works by James Kudelka, including An Italian Straw Hat, Cinderella, The Contract (The Pied Piper) and The Four Seasons.
Rebekah was the recipient of the Rolex Dancers First Award in 2014 for her portrayal of the Stepmother and Stepsister in Cinderella. She was also the recipient of the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Achievement for Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty in 2010 and she won the same award for her role as Her Other Stepsister in Cinderella in 2004. She also received the David Tory award in 2008.
Born: Fort Collins, Colorado
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
Principal Character Artist since: 2012
The Sleeping Beauty
“Rebekah Rimsay radiated wickedness as the evil Carabosse. One audience member compared her chilling performance to Celia Franca’s – the company’s first artistic director, who played the role to much acclaim in the National’s inaugural performance of The Sleeping Beauty.”
— National Post
“Rebekah Rimsay balanced the wicked impetuosity of evil fairy Carabosse with a devastating vulnerability that made you almost understand her fits of pique.”
— The Hamilton Spectator
“Gilding the lily is the tavern dancer Rebekah Rimsay who seduces with her castanets.”
— The Globe and Mail