National Ballet of Canada -Heather Ogden & Guillaume Côté Win Rolex Dancers First Award

October 1, 2010

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Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté, Artistic Director Karen Kain, Victor Royce, President and CEO of Rolex Canada Ltd and Principal Dancer Heather Ogden

Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté, Artistic Director Karen Kain, Victor Royce, President and CEO of Rolex Canada Ltd and Principal Dancer Heather Ogden Photograph :Gary Beechey

Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté Win Rolex Dancers First Award

September 29, 2010… The National Ballet of Canada announced Monday that Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté are the recipients of the inaugural Rolex Dancers First Award. Artistic Director Karen Kain and Victor Royce, President and CEO of Rolex Canada Ltd. presented the award at a ceremony on September 27 in Toronto.

Guillaume Côté in <em>Cinderella</em>. Photograph : Cylla von Tiedemann

Guillaume Côté in Cinderella. Photograph : Cylla von Tiedemann

The Rolex Dancers First Award recognizes outstanding performances by a male dancer and a female dancer in the previous season and is juried by a committee of members of the National Ballet’s Artistic Staff. Ms. Ogden is recognized for her extraordinary performances in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Opus 19/The Dreamer and Mr. Côté for his performance as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty. Ms. Ogden and Mr. Côté each received an award of $2,500 and a work by glass artist Robert Buick.

Heather Ogden in <em>The Nutcracker</em>. Photograph : Bruce Zinger

Heather Ogden in The Nutcracker. Photograph : Bruce Zinger

“The National Ballet of Canada’s dedication to excellence reflects the same commitment Rolex brings to the artistry and craftsmanship of its watches. It is a great pleasure to be a sponsor of the Dancers First programme which not only recognizes outstanding performances but assists dancers throughout their career.” said Mr. Royce.

The award is an essential part of the Dancers First programme. The programme supports all the dancers of the National Ballet with funds for artistic development and health and wellness resources. Currently, there are 13 donors who sponsor dancers through the Dancers First programme.

This is the first year that the award has been sponsored by Rolex Canada. Since its inception, Rolex has always encouraged individual excellence and the pursuit of perfection. In keeping with this long tradition, Rolex continues to contribute to the arts world through its various sponsorship activities.

The Rolex Dancers First Award is presented by Rolex Canada Ltd.

To join Dancers First or for more information about supporting our exceptional artists, please contact Teri Worthington Coombs or call 416 345 9686 x325.

The 2010/11 season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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