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Greta Hodgkinson

Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada


Greta Hodgkinson

Since 1996, Greta Hodgkinson has been The National Ballet of Canada’s principal dancer. The vocation of a lifetime, dance has introduced the acclaimed ballerina to characters and stories from throughout history, taken her around the globe to work with iconic choreographers and perform on some of the world’s most famous stages. Even more, it has shaped who she is.

Growing up, ballet was about much more than dance. It taught me focus and discipline, and about relationships – both with others and myself. As a girl, ballet helped me build the confidence to believe that I could achieve anything I wanted to. That’s why I am so proud to be a Celebrated Ambassador, because when children – especially girls – have access to education and opportunity, it can change their lives.

Greta gives generously of her time and talent to support Plan International Canada. An avid supporter on social media accounts, Greta also attends events to mentor youth and engage with fellow-supporters, who are always thrilled by her strong interest in girls’ rights.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Greta is celebrated for her dazzling technique, delicate physicality and articulate characterization. A brilliant and versatile ballerina, she has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire, with her talents extending to the contemporary repertoire as well.

In 2000, Greta was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her role as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. In 2000 and 2001, Dance Europe voted her Best Performance by a Female Dancer for her interpretation of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and for Summer in The Four Seasons. In 2017, Greta was appointed to the Order of Ontario, and she has received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island.