Born: March 28, 1951
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario
From an early age, Karen Kain vowed she would be a future ballerina.
She was accepted into the National Ballet School in Toronto at the age 11.
Joining the National Ballet at 18, Karen Kain became Principal Dancer one year later.
Very soon Kain learned and played dual roles in the ballet "Black Swan".
Another dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, who defected from Russia, played an important part in Kain's development as a dancer.
She danced most of the major classic roles of ballet as well as many contemporary parts.
Kain appeared as guest star in many productions with major companies, including the Bolshoi,
the London Festival Ballet, and Makarova & Company.
She was awarded the Order Of Canada in 1988.
After 28 dancing with National Ballet, Karen Kain retired and works with the company as Artistic Associate.
Karen Kain remains today as a living icon in the world of ballet dancing.
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National Ballet of Canada
Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance
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