Karen Kain Biography (1951-)

Full name, Karen Alexandria Kain; born March 28, 1951, in Hamilton, Ontario,Canada; daughter of Charles Alexander (an electrical engineer) and Winifred Mary (a real estate agent; maiden name, Kelly) Kain; married Ross Petty (a producer and actor), May, 1983. Career: Ballet dancer. National Ballet ofCanada, Toronto, Ontario, dancer, 1969-70, principal dancer, 1970-97; retired, 1997. Dancer's Transition Centre, president of board of directors; BalletNational de Marseille, guest performer, 1972-82, member of touring company, Japanese and Korean cities, 1981-82; member of teaching and performance tour with Frank Augustyn, Chinese cities, 1981; Eliot Feld Ballet Company, guest performer, beginning in 1984; guest artist in dance performances around the world; classical dance consultant for the Broadway musical The Red Shoes,1993. Kidney Foundation of Canada, honorary patron. Member: CanadianActors' Equity Association, Association of Radio and Television Artists. Awards, Honors: Silver Medal and (with Frank Augustyn) best pas de deux, 2nd International Ballet Competition, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1973; honoraryLitt.D., York University, 1977; honorary degrees from University of British Columbia, McMaster University, and Trent University; Order of Canada, member,1976, companion, 1991; honored with a special "Celebrating Kain" performanceof the National Ballet of Canada, 1988; Toronto Arts Award, 1992; Canadian Governor General's Award, 1997. Addresses: Office: c/o National Ballet of Canada, 157 King St. East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1G9.

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March 28, 1951
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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