Kevin Garland will retire in June 2013 after more than 10 years as the executive director of the National Ballet of Canada.
“I’m a bit happy … I’m a bit sad,” she said Thursday with a laugh. “One thing for certain: it’s been a truly wonderful experience.”
Her tenure turned out to be just as dreamy for the dance company. Among her major accomplishments at the helm, Garland played a key role in the creation of the National Ballet’s new home at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, brought on Karen Kain as artistic director in 2006, helped establish the company’s tours abroad — including a recent trip to L.A. — and grew the budget from $18-million to $29-million, despite the financial hit that came along with the the 2008 recession.