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Cote and Hodgkinson wins Rolex Dance First awards

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A press release:

Rolex Dancers First Award Winners:
Guillaume Côté and Greta Hodgkinson

October 2, 2013… The National Ballet of Canada announced today that Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté and Greta Hodgkinson are the recipients of the Rolex Dancers First Award. Artistic Director Karen Kain and Victor Royce, President and CEO of Rolex Canada Ltd. presented the award at a dinner and presentation in Toronto last night.

The Rolex Dancers First Award recognizes outstanding performances by a female dancer and a male dancer in the previous season and is juried by a committee of members of the National Ballet’s Artistic Staff.

Mr. Côté is recognized for his brilliant performance of the title role in Nijinksy as well as for his portrayal of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Ms. Hodgkinson is awarded for the breadth of her artistry revealed throughout the 2012/13 season, in such roles as the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the title roles in Giselle and Carmen. Each received an award of $2,500 and a work by glass artist Robert Buick.

The award is an essential part of the Dancers First programme. The programme supports all the dancers of the National Ballet with funds for artistic development and health and wellness resources. Currently, there are 17 generous donors who sponsor dancers through Dancers First.

This is the fourth year that the award has been sponsored by Rolex Canada. Since its inception, Rolex has always encouraged individual excellence and the pursuit of perfection. In keeping with this long tradition, Rolex continues to contribute to the arts world through its various sponsorship activities.

The Rolex Dancers First Award is presented by Rolex Canada Ltd.

Lead philanthropic support for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace & Margaret McCain.

Carmen is generously supported by Margaret Fleck & Jim Fleck, O.C. and Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C.

Giselle was produced as a memorial to the late William P. Walker.

Lead philanthropic support for Nijinsky is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, Susanne Boyce & Dr. Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Rosamond Ivey, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Joan & Jerry Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, O.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Sandra L. Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines, O.C.

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M. with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight.

Greta Hodgkinson and Guillaume Côté. Photos by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario.

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