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THE SCOOP | National Ballet Raises $1.3 M at Annual Fundraiser with Karen Kain

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(Photo: courtesy the National Ballet of Canada)
Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, has announced that MAD HOT BALLET: Northern Lights raised over $1.3 million. (Photo: courtesy the National Ballet of Canada)

The National Ballet of Canada has announced it has raised a whopping $1.3 M in donations at their annual fundraiser gala held at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

MAD HOT BALLET: Northern Lights was attended by nearly 2000 patrons, with a total of 650 at the gala dinner.

The event featured performances by Greta Hodgkinson (Jiří Kylián’s Nuages) with Marcelo Gomes, Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre.

Xiao Nan Yu, who celebrated her 20th anniversary year with the company, danced in the world premiere of Choreographic Associate Robert Binet’s The Sea Above, The Sky Below with fellow Principal Dancer Harrison James and Corps de Ballet member Félix Paquet, with costumes by Canadian fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu.

The gala also included a performance by Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez and First Soloist Skylar Campbell in Tarantella, Principal Dancers Elena Lobsanova and Naoya Ebe in a “pas de deux” from Coppélia, Principal Dancer Jurgita Dronina and First Soloist Francesco Gabriele Frola in a “pas de deux” from Le corsaire and the company premiere of Surge by Mr. Binet, performed by 14 students from Canada’s National Ballet School.

Canadian dance icons Veronica Tennant, Evelyn Hart, Artist-In-Residence Rex Harrington, and legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, were also in attendance.

The National Ballet’s Street Car Named Desire is currently running through June 10, 2017. For full details and tickets visit



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Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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