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There are three distinct “tours” as part of the National Audition Tour: Eastern, Western and Central all taking place between October and November. Southern Ontario cities are visited separately, with visits taking place in January/February. Each tour has a lead artistic staff member, in addition to other artistic staff, including a musician and administrative support.
 

Vera Timashova

Tour Locations:

  • Victoria
  • Edmonton
  • Kelowna
  • Vancouver
Born in Russia, Vera Timashova received her ballet training at the Novosibirsk State School of Ballet. Having completed her studies with distinction, Timashova joined the Ballet Company of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1974. She danced with the company for 3 years and had her first debut as the leading role in Carmen Suite, which was created especially for her.

Young Joo Lee


Tour Dates
  • Victoria
  • Edmonton
  • Kelowna
  • Vancouver
Young Joo Lee received her early dance training at the Sun Hwa Dance Academy in Seoul, Korea. She has an extensive dance education and holds a BA and M.P.E. in dance, both from Ewha Womans University. From 1995 to 1996, she studied the Vaganova teaching method at the Universal Ballet Academy also in Seoul, and in September 2004, joined the Teacher Training Program for professional dancers at Canada's National Ballet School.

Talar Margarosyan


Tour Dates:
  • Montreal, QC
  • Fredericton, NB
  • Halifax, NS
  • Ottawa, ON
Talar Margarosyan started her ballet training at the Istanbul State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey, and then joined the full-time ballet program offered at Istanbul State University. She later went on to complete two years of intensive ballet study at the Istanbul University Ballet Department, where she received a Master's degree.

Lise Jourdain


Tour Dates:
  • Montreal
  • Fredericton
  • Halifax
  • Ottawa
Born in France, Lise-Marie Jourdain trained at l'École de Danse de l'Opéra National de Paris under the directorship of Claude Bessy, and subsequently joined Le Ballet de l’Opera National de Paris where she earned her Diplôme d’Etât de Professeur de Danse. In Paris she also won the Couples Prize at the Concours International de Danse de Paris in 2000. She joined the National Ballet of Canada in 2002 where she performed a broad range of roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoires

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