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Karen Kain’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The 2019/20 season marks Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada. The company will celebrate this very special milestone all season long and you can participate with us.

#KarenKain50Years
Follow us on social as we share Karen’s 50 most memorable moments from the past five decades.

Hot Docs
Enjoy the beauty of ballet on the big screen. The National Ballet of Canada and Hot Docs presents a series of ballet documentaries this season. The next screening is: 

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Introduction by Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson
November 17, 2019 at 5:45 pm (Intro with Greta at 5:30 pm)
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

The first film screening in September was:

Karen Kain: Dancing in the Moment
Q&A with Karen Kain and Producer and former Principal Dancer Veronica Tennant

Stay tuned for additional programming.

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award
Karen is the first Canadian to be honoured by the Royal Academy of Dance with the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award. Past recipients have included Frederick Ashton, Marie Rambert, Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Maina Gielgud and Carlos Acosta. The award was presented at the Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on August 29, 2019.

Karen’s Career Timeline
Learn about the significant highlights in Karen’s career over the past five decades.

View Timeline

50 Schools for 50 Years
In honour of Karen’s 50th anniversary, The National Ballet of Canada will directly reach 50 schools all across the Greater Toronto Area through Community Engagement programmes such as YOU dance, Share the Magic, Dance About, Specialist High Skills Major and Student Matinees.

More on Education and Outreach

TTC Celebrates Karen’s 50th
The TTC celebrates Karen’s 50th anniversary with a timeline at Osgoode Station, under the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Karen Kain at Osgoode Station

Your Favourite Karen Memory

Share your favourite memory of Karen here (limit 2,000 characters).

You can also share your memories on social @nationalballet.