Because of the new kid on the ballet block
Harrison James, the National Ballet’s shiniest new principal dancer, became a star almost overnight, after artistic director Karen Kain plucked him from the back row in 2014. She gave him the starring role in Manon, and he killed it, advancing from the corps (the dance equivalent of a movie extra) to leading man in less than two years. James is a quintessential ballet heartthrob, with meticulous technique, movie star looks (squint and you’ll see Peeta from The Hunger Games) and the kind of regal pomposity that makes him perfect for aristocratic roles—including the rakish title character in John Cranko’s Onegin, which we’re hoping he’ll dance later this fall. National.ballet.ca.