Evan McKie

Principal Dancer

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Quick Facts

Born: Toronto, Ontario
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School, The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C and the John Cranko School in Germany
Stuttgart Ballet: 2001—2014
Joined as a Principal Dancer: 2014


Five Things to Know

  1. 1Evan McKie first performed as a Guest Artist with The National Ballet of Canada as Prince Florimund in Rudolf Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty and became a Guest Artist at The Mariinsky Theatre, Paris Opéra Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Tokyo Ballet and Diana Vishneva’s Context Festival.
  2. 2As a young student, Evan was an original cast member of James Kudelka’s The Nutcracker and also danced the last performance of Celia Franca’s Nutcracker
  4. 3Evan was recently named one of the Top 5 Dancers in the World by La Notte Magazine in 2020, alongside Misty Copeland, Marianela Nunez, Matthieu Ganio and Victoria Tereshkina. In 2016, he was awarded the inaugural Kirov Academy Alumni Award for his outstanding contribution and commitment to dance.
  5. 4He is an Honorary Advisory Board Member at Dance Magazine, DanceCollectionDanse, Canada’s Dance Archive and is a member of the National Ballet’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force. Evan is also a sought-after Masterclass teacher and photographer. He’s taught for almost a decade throughout his stage career, for all ages and levels in Europe, Canada and Japan and for In Studio.
  7. 5Evan holds a certificate in Interpersonal Relations and Leadership from HEC, L’école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris. He recently completed his certification in Executive Leadership from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and earned a Digital Marketing/Social-Media Analytics Diploma from Columbia Business School.


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1Anything by Wayne McGregor
  2. 2Onegin
  3. 3The Winter’s Tale
  4. 4Anything by John Neumeier
  5. 5The Rite of Spring (Pina Bausch)




“... among the absolute best in the world.”
– Dance Europe

“Evan McKie’s dancing buoys the spirit and is among the best on display anywhere.”
– Dance International Magazine

“Evan McKie’s performance at the Paris Opéra Ballet became the sensation of the season.”
– Financial Times

The Four Temperaments
“McKie is a dancer who understands that Balanchine's obsession with “the steps” shouldn't invite blankness, but more truthfulness, more commitment.”
– The Globe and Mail


My Theatre Award for his performances as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Onegin and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (2016)

Kirov Academy Alumni Award for outstanding contribution and commitment to the arts (2016)

Apuli Arte Prize for his performances of The Sleeping Beauty and Onegin (2012)

Other Projects

Advisory Board Member at Dance Magazine and Canada’s Dance Archive: Dance Collection Danse