The Thirteenth International Competition for

The Erik Bruhn Prize

March 23, 2019

The Thirteenth International Competition for

The Erik Bruhn Prize

March 23, 2019

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About the Competition

Few male dancers in the 20th century had the kind of impact on the art of ballet as did Erik Bruhn. His connection with The National Ballet of Canada was a long and fruitful one, culminating in his Artistic Directorship of the company from 1983 until his death in 1986.

One of his most revered legacies is The Erik Bruhn Prize, which he created to honour two young dancers, one male and one female, who “reflect such technical ability, artistic achievement and dedication as I endeavoured to bring to dance.” In 2009, a Choreographic Prize was added to the event to honour the best piece of new choreography commissioned for the competition.

“This glittering prize gives audiences a peek at future world-class performers.”
Toronto Life

First held in 1988, The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize has showcased the talents of some of the best young dancers from the finest ballet companies in the world. The competitors from each company are between the ages of 18 and 23 and perform in a classical pas de deux and variations and a new contemporary pas de deux or solo work. The Erik Bruhn Prize gives audiences the chance to see some of the most exceptional young ballet talent in the world on one stage for a glorious and thrilling evening of dance.

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The Erik Bruhn Prize features the best young dancers from several major companies and the standards are high” — Pointe Magazine 

“The Erik Bruhn Prize is a showcase of young talent from some of the most respected ballet companies in the world” — DanceView Times 

“The annual competition is open to the most promising young dancers and choreographers” — Toronto Sun 


The Thirteenth International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize is presented by John and Claudine Bailey.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Erik Bruhn Prize Ballet Talk 45 minutes before the show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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