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Today’s Memory – Karen Kain

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Karen Kain. Photo by Karolina KurasKaren Kain

born March 28, 1951, Hamilton, Ontario

Karen Alexandria Kain is a retired Canadian ballet dancer, and currently the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

Kain became a principal dancer in 1971, dancing central roles in a wide array of ballets, eventually becoming a well-known dancer in Canada, with the help of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev. She worked as a guest artist with Roland Petit’s Ballet National de Marseilles, the Bolshoi Ballet, the London Festival Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and the Eliot Feld Ballet.

In 1977 Kain stopped dancing, but started again in 1981 with the National Ballet of Canada, where she performed for 15 more years. In 1996, Kain reunited with Frank Augustyn to appear in her husband Ross Petty’s panto production of Robin Hood at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. She retired as a professional dancer in 1997.

Kain was the founding board president of Canada’s Dancer Transition Resource Centre. Kain’s autobiography, Movement Never Lies, was published in 1994 by McClelland and Stewart.

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Giselle The National Ballet of Canada, with Karen Kain & Frank Augustyn


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