Be­cause of the new kid on the bal­let block

Toronto Life - - Culture -

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.

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