Heather Ogden was born in Toronto and trained at the Richmond Academy of Dance in British Columbia before joining The National Ballet of Canada in 1998. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2005.
Heather’s repertoire with the National Ballet includes principal roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Onegin, Nijinsky, The Merry Widow, La Bayadère, Cinderella, The Winter’s Tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Anna Karenina, Le Petit Prince and Carmen. She has an extensive George Balanchine repertoire and has danced in many contemporary works, including new creations by such choreographers as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Jorma Elo. She has danced lead roles in ballets by James Kudelka including the title role in Cinderella, Summer in The Four Seasons and Hélène in An Italian Straw Hat.
“Ogden’s performance in The Sleeping Beauty was jaw-dropping. Without so much as a wobble, she seemed to hang in the air for an eternity.”
The Globe and Mail
As a guest artist, Heather has performed with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet, Munich Ballet and various galas such as The Hamburg Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Gala, Gala des Étoiles, Stars of the 21st Century Gala, The Banff Centre’s 60th Anniversary Gala and the International Ballet Festival in Havana Cuba.
In 2011, Heather was chosen by Evelyn Hart for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship program. In 2014, she became an ambassador for Rolex Canada along with Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté.
Heather starred in the short film Lost In Motion II, choreographed by Guillaume Côté, which debuted at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City in 2014.
Born: Toronto, Ontario
Trained: Richmond Academy of Dance in British Columbia
Principal Dancer since: 2005
“When Heather Ogden first floats onstage as the vulnerable swan Odette, she literally takes your breath away.”
— National Post
Romeo and Juliet
“Juliet (a light, bright Heather Ogden) is all recklessly fast footwork and wheeling jumps.”
— The Guardian