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Greta Hodgkinson has been the company’s principal dancer for 20 years. (Aleksandar Antonijevic)
Greta Hodgkinson has been the company’s principal dancer for 20 years. (Aleksandar Antonijevic)

Greta Hodgkinson celebrates 25th anniversary at National Ballet Add to ...

This season of the National Ballet marks Greta Hodgkinson’s 25th anniversary with the company and her 20th year as a principal dancer. On Nov. 26, during the evening performance, she is to be honoured as she dances opposite Guillaume Côté as Eugene Onegin. We asked the ballerina about her current infatuations.

What she’s listening to:

“Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade was a great and risky artistic statement from an amazing artist and was well worth it. With the recent death of legend Leonard Cohen, like many others, I have been revisiting his songs on The Essential Leonard Cohen album. Prince is also one of my all-time favourites and I have found myself listening to The Very Best of Prince recently. It’s been a tough year for the music industry with all these greats falling.”

What she’s watching:

“With a six-year-old and seven-month-old baby at home, watching television is a luxury I don’t often have the time to enjoy, which is why I love watching Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I’m a big fan of his and the episodes are only 15 to 20 minutes long. They’re also online, which means I can watch them anywhere, which is ideal when I’m on the go.”

What she’s looking forward to:

“Right now has to be my favourite time of year in the city, and no holiday season is complete without a visit to the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District, before heading to the Four Seasons Centre to perform in a true holiday favourite, The Nutcracker. Every year, I take my son to see Ross Petty’s newest panto, and this year I’m excited for The Sleeping Beauty at the Elgin Theatre. The productions are always fantastic shows for kids and – full disclosure – I have a pretty great time too!”

The National Ballet of Canada’s Onegin runs to Nov. 27. $39 to $265. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416 345 9595 or national.ballet.ca.

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