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Bridgett Zehr

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Sarasota Florida, Ms. Zehr began her training with The Sarasota Ballet of Florida in the innovative program, Dance: The Next Generation. At fourteen years of age she continued her training at the prestigious Harid Conservatory where she was awarded the Rodulf Nureyev Scholarship. After Graduating from The Harid Conservatory, Ms. Zehr completed her training at The Ben Stevenson Academy of the Houston Ballet. She joined the Houston Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to Soloist in 2006. In 2006, under the artistic direction of Ms. Karen Kain,  Ms. Zehr joined The National Ballet of Canada as a Second Soloist. She was promoted to First Soloist in 2007 and in June 2009 Ms. Zehr was made a Principal Dancer. In 2012 Ms. Zehr joined The English National Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Her repertoire includes the title roles in "Giselle", "Swan Lake", "The Sleeping Beauty", "The Nutcracker", "Carmen", "Cinderella", and "Don Quixote". She has also danced lead roles in George Balanchine's "Western Symphony", "The Four Temperaments", "Serenade", and "Apollo".

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Ms. Zehr has appeared in many gala performances, such as the "Gala des Etoile" , The Gala of International Ballet Stars, the Miami International Ballet Festival, Stars of the 21st Century, The Dance Salad Festival, and The International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei and Singapore. Ms. Zehr was invited by Christopher Wheeldon to create the Prokofiev Pas de Deux for the world premier of "Morphoses". In 2009, Sarasota Ballet's artistic director Iain Webb invited Ms. Zehr to be a principal guest artist with the company. He also established The Bridgett Zehr Foundation for promising students of Dance: The Next Generation.

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FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM

My Layers by Capezio long sleeved tops. They come in amazing colours and are comfortable and stylish.

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS

One thing that has always kept me grounded and focused is the idea that you should never stop learning. If you never stop learning you will continually grow as a person and as an artist. It is a quality that comes in handy when you have those days where you feel stuck. It is a difficult career but it is so full of beauty, so remain humble and grateful and curious and good things will com.

UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW

I have a cat Phantom. She has traveled everywhere with me. From Houston to Florida to Toronto and now to London England. She is my little trooper and brings me so much joy.