Brendan Saye

Principal Dancer

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Brendan Saye was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. Brendan joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2019.

Brendan Saye struck all the right chords. He not only has the height, noble looks and long, supple limbs so well suited to Apollo but also the co-ordination and fluent musicality needed to make sense of the angularities of Balanchine’s choreography.”
Toronto Star

Recently, Brendan made his debut as Albrecht in Giselle and Eurydice in the world premiere of Orpheus Alive. He has danced such lead roles as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit and Rajah/The Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Karenin in Anna Karenina, A Man in The Four Seasons, the title role in Apollo, Oberon in The Dream, Phlegmatic in The Four Temperaments, Icicle in The Nutcracker and Le Roi in Le Petit Prince. Brendan’s repertoire includes featured roles in Cinderella, The Merry Widow, Hamlet, The Second Detail, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Approximate Sonata 2016, In The Upper Room, Chroma, Genus, Piano Concerto #1, Petite Mort, Paz de la Jolla¸ The Dreamers Ever Leave You and Self and Soul.

In 2012, Brendan represented the National Ballet in The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize and received the Patron Award of Merit. He also received the Peter Dwyer Award and Christopher Ondaatje Prize in 2008 while a student at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson.

Quick Facts

Born: Vancouver, British Columbia
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2008
Principal Dancer since: 2019


Romeo and Juliet
For someone of his age and experience, Saye made an admirable debut, investing the steps with meaning and shaping a very personal, more moodily brooding Romeo. He’s certainly someone to watch.”
— Dance International

“Saye is certainly someone to watch. He seems to be a dancing actor of keen intelligence as well as possessing a flawless technique.”