Burnaby ballerina leaps into the international spotlight

Former Burnaby resident and National Ballet of Canada dancer Jeannine Haller is in the spotlight again.

Haller has been featured in the NOW a couple of times before for her accomplishments in ballet.

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Haller studied ballet for many years at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts under Lucienne Anczykowski before being accepted into Canada's National Ballet School in Grade 11. She joined the National Ballet of Canada in 2015 as an apprentice and won the company’s RBC Apprentice Award in 2016, becoming a member of the corps de ballet that same year.

Haller is continuing to thrive in the world of ballet – in fact, she just represented the National Ballet at the 13th international competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize, held March 23 in Toronto. The prestigious competition brings together top young dancers, aged 18 to 23, representing international ballet companies.

Haller was paired with Siphesihle November to represent Canada’s national ballet company, going up against pairs from American Ballet Theatre, Hamburg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. Though Haller didn’t win the women’s prize (that honour went to American Ballet Theatre’s Catherine Hurlin), her partner won the men’s honours.

And, as it happens, prospects are good for those who dance in the competition; historically, those young dancers selected to dance for the prize go on to become principal dancers in the company.

Check out https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2018-19-Season/The-Erik-Bruhn-Prize for all the details.

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