Rex Harrington, O.C. - Artist-in-Residence

One of the most accomplished and acclaimed male dancers of his era, Rex Harrington brought seemingly limitless panache, energy, style and showmanship to the vast range of characterizations he created during his 20 years with The National Ballet of Canada. A much sought-after dancer internationally, he performed with Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. Renowned for his incomparable partnering skills, Harrington danced with such legendary ballerinas as Ekaterina Maximova, Carla Fracci, Evelyn Hart and Karen Kain. He created numerous roles during his career as a dancer, including the central role in James Kudelka's The Four Seasons, the Elder in Mr. Kudelka's The Contract (The Pied Piper), Lewis Carroll in Glen Tetley's Alice and The Young Gentleman in Mr. Tetley's La Ronde, as well as lead roles in works by such choreographers as John Alleyne, Jean-Pierre Perrault and Dominique Dumais.

Harrington was born in Peterborough, Ontario and graduated from Canada's National Ballet School in 1981, joining The National Ballet of Canada in 1983. He became a Principal Dancer in 1988 and remained in that position until his retirement in 2004. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 and was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005. In 2006, he received an Honorary Degree from York University and was appointed Artist-in-Residence with the National Ballet.

Harrington returns to the stage this fall starring in Theatre Calgary's Tosca Cafe, a co-production with the Vancouver Playhouse. He was a frequent judge on the popular television programme, So You Think You Can Dance Canada.