Evan McKie

Principal Dancer

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Biography

Evan McKie was born in Toronto, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School under such mentors as Glenn Gilmour, Peggy Baker and Mavis Staines. Thereafter Mr. McKie accepted offers to attend The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C and the John Cranko School in Germany. Mr. McKie began his career as a member of Stuttgart Ballet under the direction of fellow Canadian Reid Anderson and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2008. In 2012, Mr. McKie appeared with The National Ballet of Canada as a Guest Artist and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2013. In 2014, Mr. McKie joined the company as a Principal Dancer.

Mr. McKie is also a notable guest artist with the Paris Opéra Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and the Tokyo Ballet and performs in ballet galas and festivals around the world. Numerous in-demand choreographers who have created roles on him include Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke, Mauro Bigonzetti, Christian Spuck, Kevin O'Day, Demis Volpi, Louis Stiens and Douglas Lee. Mr. McKie has also worked with legendary dance-makers John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Hans Van Manen, Jiří Kylián and the late Glen Tetley.  Mr. McKie has commissioned works by Juliano Nunes, Douglas Lee, David Dawson and Andonis Foniadakis for performances at home in Canada and abroad. “Of all of today's international dance stars, McKie is one of the very brightest” hailed Danse Magazine, Paris.


Meet a Dancer: Evan McKie

“A natural aristocrat of ballet.”
Toronto Star

In 2012, Mr. McKie won Italy's prestigious ApuliArte prize for achievement in dance after dancing in The Sleeping Beauty and Onegin. German TANZ Magazine named him one of its International Dancers of the Year in 2013 and again in 2014. He has also won critics’ choice nominations for Most Outstanding Male Dancer by London, New York, Tokyo and Paris-based critics in Dance Europe magazine over the years. In 2016, Mr. McKie received the My Entertainment World award as all-around fan-favourite for roles such as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Onegin and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and has since been nominated for Outstanding Ballet Performance as Diaghilev in Nijinsky and as a leading soloist in Wayne McGregor’s ensemble-piece, Genus.

Since joining the National Ballet in 2014, Mr. McKie has also made celebrated company debuts as Eugene Onegin in Onegin, King Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and the Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Genus, Chroma, Diaghilev in Nijinsky, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire and the Phlegmetic lead in The Four Temperaments. Mr. McKie also performed the title role in The Nutcracker, Siegfried in Swan Lake and both Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Mr. McKie has since debuted as Man #1 in Crystal Pite’s, Emergence.

Offstage, Mr. McKie is a visual artist and a guest writer for Dance Magazine US and Japan. He is also a member of Dance Magazine’s international advisory board. Mr. McKie is involved in research initiatives in the field of neuroplasticity and has also recently volunteered at Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health developing and leading a workshop using the ever-emerging benefits of dance/choreography as a recreational therapy tool. In 2016, Mr. McKie was awarded the inaugural Kirov Academy Alumni Award for his outstanding contribution and commitment to the arts and in 2017, he was named Honorary Advisor to Dance Collection Danse; Canada’s Dance Archive. McKie also holds a certificate in Interpersonal Relations and Leadership from école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris.

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

Quotes

Feature Articles
“... 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