Born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained at The National Ballet School, Greta Hodgkinson joined The National Ballet of Canada, where she has been a Principal Dancer since 1996. An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity and articulate characterization, she is the complete ballerina, par excellence. Ms. Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. She has had numerous roles created for her by world renowned choreographers and has worked closely with such icons as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, James Kudelka and Crystal Pite.
As a guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has appeared with The Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet and Teatro Comunale di Firenze. She has also performed at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, the State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, the Gala des Etoiles, Stars of the 21st Century and International Ballet Galas in the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and Europe.
In 2000, Ms. Hodgkinson was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her role as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. In 2000 and 2001, Dance Europe voted her Best Performance by a Female Dancer for her interpretation of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and for Summer in The Four Seasons.
Most recently, in 2016, Ms. Hodgkinson starred in a short dance film titled Being and Nothingness, which was released on line and specifically produced to transcend the limitation of theatres and provide an immersive digital experience. Her other film credits include the title role in the film Roxana, as Margot Fonteyn in the Bravo! TV docudrama, Nureyev, CBC’s Romeos and Juliets and The Rings of Saturn. She also appeared in the title role in The Firebird, The Four Seasons and A Dancer’s Story-50 Years of The National Ballet of Canada. In 2013, Ms. Hodgkinson performed Giselle in Emerging Pictures’ film, “Ballet’s Greatest Hits”, presented in over 200 cinemas throughout North America. She has graced the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance International Magazine and has been featured in various fashion publications including; Vanity Fair, Lucky, W, GQ Italia, ELLE, NUVO, Flare and FASHION among others.
Ms. Hodgkinson has received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island. One of the highest honours given by the state, the Citations are in recognition of her extraordinary talents and accomplishments as a world class prima ballerina and her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the United States.