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Promotions for 2019-2020 Season

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Announced on the company's FB:  

Brendan Saye promoted to Principal Dancer.  Ben Rudisin and Donald Thom to First Soloist.  Jeannine Haller, Siphesihle November, Kota Sato, and Calley Skalnik to Second Soloist. 

Andreea Olteanu and Rui Huang are retiring from dancing with the company. 

Also, as many of us know, the divinely soulful ballerina, Xiao Nan Yu, retires after 22 years with the National Ballet.  

Shene Lazarus, formerly of the San Francisco Ballet, has announced that she is joining the National Ballet in July of 2019; and I am informed that there is another dancer joining but it is not officially announced. 


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Out of curiosity, do posters here think Brendan Saye is ready for this promotion? He's very tall, has a beautiful body and a compelling way of moving. But last season his attempt at the Prince in Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty was very raw. To say that he struggled with the jumps would be putting it kindly. He was not alone in his inability to do a manège of grand allegro, but the others aren't being promoted to principal. Has there been a dramatic improvement since then?

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I thought Saye did well in the roles I saw him in this season.  I've been watching him since he was an Apprentice - has certainly come a long way.

In other news, I see on Felix Paquet's twitter that he is going to dance in Hamburg.  I've not seen anything from NBOC indicating that he is leaving the company - has anyone else seen news?

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Two other recent photos of Ishihara (one with company members) - this time with SFB Ballet Master Felipe Diaz who seems to be in Toronto as a répétiteur:


On his own Instagram page, Diaz states, "I think Alexei would have enjoyed it. Much success to you all." So I'm thinking that is a reference to Alexei Ratmansky, and he must be coaching Piano Concerto #1 for NBoC.

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Casting for Giselle:

Svetlana Lunkina (November 6 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (November 7 at 2:00 pm)
Heather Ogden* (November 7 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (November 8 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (November 9 at 7:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (November 10 at 2:00 pm)

Harrison James (November 6 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (November 7 at 2:00 pm)
Brendan Saye* (November 7 at 7:30 pm)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (November 8 at 7:30 pm/November 10 at 2:00 pm)
Guillaume Côté (November 9 at 7:30 pm)

Piotr Stanczyk (November 6, 7, 9 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell (November 7, 10 at 2:00 pm/November 8 at 7:30 pm)
Queen of the Wilis
Heather Ogden (November 6, 9 at 7:30 pm)
Chelsy Meiss* (November 7 at 2:00 pm)
Hannah Fischer (November 7 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
Jenna Savella* (November 8 at 7:30 pm/November 10 at 2:00 pm)

* Debut

Casting for Orpheus Alive & Chaconne

Orpheus Alive


Jenna Savella (November 15, 20 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm)
Hannah Fischer (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)


Spencer Hack (November 15, 20 at 7:30 pm)
Harrison James (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm)
Brendan Saye (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)


Eurydice’s Mother         
Sonia Rodriguez (November 15, 21 at 7:30 pm/November 16 at 2:00 pm)
Tanya Howard (November 16, 20 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)


Heather Ogden and Harrison James (November 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)
Koto Ishihara and Naoya Ebe (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden and Brendan Saye (November 20 at 7:30 pm)

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