Naoya Ebe was born in Tokyo, Japan and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2007 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2015.
- “[Ebe] was utterly electrifying to watch… His was a masculine ideal energy, brimming with confidence.”
Recently, Mr. Ebe made his debut as Vronsky and Stiva in the North American premiere of Anna Karenina and Oberon and Puck in The Dream. He has also danced such roles as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Colas in La Fille mal gardée, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, the lead role in Opus 19/The Dreamer, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, James in La Sylphide, and Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments. His repertoire includes featured roles in Swan Lake, Nijinsky, Manon, Don Quixote, The Taming of the Shrew, Theme and Variations, Glass Pieces, Watch her, The Four Seasons, Elite Syncopations, Cacti, West Side Story Suite, Russian Seasons, Symphony #9, Genus, Emergence and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.
In 2011, Mr. Ebe represented the National Ballet in The Ninth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Born: Tokyo, Japan
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
Principal Dancer Since: 2015
The Winter's Tale
“A dancer of grace and beauty who embodies the aesthetic of classical ballet.”
Romeo and Juliet
“Mr. Ebe [was] very fine as Romeo, effortlessly releasing one poetic flight after another.”
— The New York Times
“Naoya Ebe as James... was utterly electrifying to watch, with imposing grand jetés, accurate double tours in both directions and perfect entrechats. His was a masculine ideal energy, brimming with confidence and sharply drawn diagonals.”
— Musical Toronto.com