MEET HEATHER OG­DEN

THE IN­SPO BE­HIND OUR BODY STRONG IS­SUE

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Even if you haven’t seen a bal­let, there’s a good chance you’re fas­ci­nated by bal­leri­nas.

They’re an en­chant­ing mix of dancer, ac­tress and high-level ath­lete. Heather Og­den, prin­ci­pal dancer at the National Bal­let of Canada for over 13 years, won’t be the dancer to quell your cap­ti­va­tion. She em­bod­ies ev­ery­thing in­trigu­ing about bal­let: seem­ingly able to defy grav­ity with strength and grace…and she doesn’t just save these char­ac­ter­is­tics for the stage. Og­den is the same IRL, strong, fo­cused, bal­anced.

If you’re a bal­let-goer, you prob­a­bly know Og­den from the fic­tional fairy tales she en­acts on the stage. Her reper­toire in­cludes prin­ci­pal roles in Swan Lake,

Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, and Cin­derella. Or, you may know Og­den from her real-life love story: she’s mar­ried to fel­low prin­ci­pal dancer Guil­laume Côté, with whom she shares two adorable chil­dren, Emma and Leo.

Og­den’s rise to suc­cess is one that’s marked by ded­i­ca­tion — and just a tiny bit of good luck. Her dance ca­reer be­gan at age six, all thanks to a cool teenager. “I had a babysit­ter who took classes at a stu­dio nearby,” says Og­den. “I went to see a per­for­mance of Cin­derella and asked my mom to sign me up.” She grad­u­ated from that same stu­dio, The Rich­mond Academy of Dance, in 1998 and went on to join the National Bal­let of Canada that same year (as an apprentice and then as a full-time mem­ber of the Corps de Bal­let the fol­low­ing year).

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