At 14, Rex Harrington studied ballet briefly with Kay Armstrong in Vancouver before beginning to train at the NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL of Canada in Toronto in 1977. He joined the National Ballet of Canada (NBC) in 1983. He was promoted to second soloist in 1985, first soloist in 1987 and to principal rank in 1988. During his long career he partnered most of NBC's leading ballerinas, but enjoyed a particularly successful partnership with Karen KAIN and outside the company with the ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET's Evelyn HART in St Petersburg, throughout Japan and in many Canadian cities. Among other internationally celebrated ballerinas partnered by Harrington are Carla Fracci, Alessandra Ferri and Ekaterina Maximo.
Harrington made his musical theatre debut in Toronto 2002 in the pantomime Robin Hood. Since leaving the National Ballet in 2004, he has made occasional guest appearances as a dancer while also exploring a variety of other performing opportunities and writing his autobiography. The Life and Times of Rex Harrington: Last Dance was broadcast on CBC in 2005 and he was seen in the TV series "This is Wonderland" and "Queer as Folk." He also appeared in prime-time television shows such as Tosca Café (2011), Top Chef Canada and King (2012), and was a frequent judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada (2009-11).
In 2006 he became artist-in-residence at the National Ballet of Canada.
Rex Harrington was appointed an officer of the ORDER OF CANADA in February 2000. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by York University and elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Author MICHAEL CRABB Revised: LINDE HOWE-BECK
Links to Other Sites
National Ballet of Canada
The website for the National Ballet of Canada. Features a performance calendar and profiles of the principal members of the company. Check out the extensive multimedia educational resources about ballet.
This CBC website features an extensive profile of Rex Harrington, former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. Includes video interviews and other resources.
The Dance Current
The website for "The Dance Current," a magazine that takes the reader inside the art and culture of Canadian dance.
An extensive multimedia website devoted to the rich and varied world of dance. Features biographies of prominent dance artists, video clips of interviews and dance performances, the "Virtual Dance Studio" where you can create original choreography on your computer, and much more. From ArtsAlive.ca, a National Arts Centre website.
a pairing of SwanS
The website about the dance DVD "a pairing of SwanS," described as a "poetic homage to the two consummate Canadian artists of the international ballet scene Evelyn Hart and Rex Harrington." Many other prominent dancers also featured.