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Born in ANCASTER (a suburb of Hamilton), Ontario, KAREN KAIN began her dance career by joining the National Ballet School in TORONTO. In 1969 she made it into the Corps de Ballet of the National Ballet of Canada.
Ms. Kain was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1971 after she made a sensational debut as the Swan Queen in ‘SWAN LAKE’, Following that she began an international career with the Paris Opéra Ballet, Roland Petit’s Le Ballet de Marseilles, the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, London Festival Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and Vienna State Opera Ballet.<“Raising KAIN, the reluctant super star”, cover, Maclean’s Magazine, February/1981>
Among her many awards – Companion of the Order of Canada; Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award; Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters; the Governor General’s National Arts Centre Award; and the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award for excellence in the performing arts.
<“Karen Kain: Movement Never Lies”, AMAZON>
In 1997, Ms. Kain retired from dancing and was appointed Artist-in-Residence with the National Ballet, a role expanded to Artistic Associate. In 2005, she was appointed Artistic Director of the National Ballet.
“KAREN KAIN has reinvigorated the company by hiring some superb dancers and courting the world’s top choreographers. She is also assembling one of the most diverse repertoires in the company’s history.” – Maclean’s Magazine/TORONTO
<KAREN KAIN and RUDOLF NUREYEV in “Sleeping Beauty”, 1974>
In a National Ballet of Canada video, KAREN KAIN comments on the company’s history and RUDOLF NUREYEV’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, one of the most significant works in the company’s repertoire – a magnificent production staged by Ms. Kain in June/2015.
That’s followed by 5 minutes of RUDOLF NUREYEV dancing in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, which has had about 165,000 views.