Born: Kitchener, Ontario
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?
Given that in terms of equality and convenience there is no time like the present, I would have to choose the Roaring Twenties when women were beginning to be empowered, music and fashion were changing dramatically and women still wore hats. I love hats!! Could you tell us 3 random things we don’t know about you?
I am a twin.
I believe in GOD.
I love homemade cookies!
When you have a day off, what’s your favourite way to spend it?
I love to spend the day with my wonderful daughter Charlotte. She lights up my day with her loving, inquisitive and empathetic nature. Time with her with no other obligations refreshes my spirit.
What is your philosophy towards your work?
Always do your best, knowing that your best will vary day to day.
What’s your definition of a successful ballet dancer?
A dancer who has exceeded their natural abilities and talents by their hard work, dedication and willingness.
What do you worry about?
Like a lot of people, I worry about balancing work and my family life.
What was the last thing you changed your mind about?
HIGH HEELS. Opting for the Birkenstock’s, knowing how these dancer feet will feel at the end of the day.
What charitable causes are you most passionate about?
I have two foster children through PLAN Canada. One from the Philippines and one from Kenya. One of the added benefits is that my child can learn what life is like for children in different countries and traditions. I am also a member of Amnesty International, The Council of Canadians and ACT. Do you have any habits or superstitions before you perform?
I love to be onstage when absolutely no one is around, the curtain is out and the audience is empty. After all these years I still find it truly magical and fills me with a sense of peace. To calm down before a performance, I lay down with my eyes closed and listen to the music on my headphones and visualize the choreography.
Read Stephanie’s bio, https://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Dancers/Principal-Character-Artists/Stephanie-Hutchison
See Stephanie onstage with The National Ballet of Canada during the 2017/18 season, national.ballet.ca