Skylar Campbell was born in Laguna Beach, California and trained with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky in Orange County, California. Mr. Campbell joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2018.
“brilliant performance by Skylar Campbell who perfectly interpreted Nijinsky… excels not only with his technical precision and virtuosity, but especially by his ability to give himself completely to the role, embodying Nijinsky”
Recently, Mr. Campbell debuted as Levin in the North American premiere of Anna Karenina and Puck in The Dream. He also created the title role in the world premiere of Pinocchio by Will Tuckett and has danced the title roles in Nijinsky and Le Petit Prince as well as in the world premiere of Frame by Frame by Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage. His repertoire includes Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Hilarion in Giselle, Alain in La Fille mal gardée, Gurn in La Sylphide, White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty and Alan in A Streetcar Named Desire. Mr. Campbell has also danced roles in Swan Lake, Onegin, Cinderella, Manon, A Month in the Country, Don Quixote, Hamlet, The Seagull, Theme and Variations, Tarantella, The Four Seasons, Emergence, Chroma, Being and Nothingness, Symphony # 9, Spectre de la Rose, Allegro Brillante, The Second Detail, Genus, Cacti, Paz de la Jolla and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.
Mr. Campbell was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Pas de Deux category at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2009 and was a finalist in the prix de Lausanne in 2009. He also won the MyTheatre Award for the Best Ballet Performance in Robert Binet’s Unearth and has been recognized by Dance Magazine as one of 25 Dancers to Watch. In 2011, Mr. Campbell was the recipient of the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence for his role as Alain in La Fille mal gardée.
Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.
Born: Laguna Beach, California
Trained: With Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky in Orange County, California
Principal Dancer since: 2018
“Skylar Campbell, plucked from the corps and a decade younger, offers a different dramatic perspective. His is a Nijinsky of childlike innocence, conveyed in dancing of unaffected, almost angelic purity. He simply breaks your heart.”
— Toronto Star
“Skylar Campbell gives heartbreakingly poignant portrayal of wooden wannabe boy from fairy tale.”
— Toronto Star
“Campbell is slender and elegant, with an ease of delivery. Everything about his dancing is fluid and effortless… his movement is clean and precise.”
— The Globe and Mail