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Brendan Saye photographed by Sian Richards
Canadian Charmer           

The National Ballet of Canada's Brendan Saye is one of the dancers profiled in this issue's "Stars of the Corps" feature. But Saye is a corps standout no longer: His promotion to second soloist was announced in late June. Pointe's e-news talked to the 23-year-old about his path to success.

How did you find out you'd been promoted?
We always have a season-closing party, and that was where Karen Kain announced the promotions. I was thrilled--and my parents were there, so I was able to hug my mom as well as Karen!

You were chosen to compete for the Erik Bruhn Prize last year. What was that experience like?
It was...interesting. Some dancers are at their best in the studio, but my body makes most sense to me when I'm onstage. At Erik Bruhn, though, the stage setting was so unfamiliar that my nerves got the better of me. I was really unhappy with my performance during the classical portion. Up until that point I'd had mostly good experiences onstage, but I learned it's the not-so-good experiences that stretch you. You have to figure out how to keep your confidence after a moment of weakness. Ballet is a live art, after all. Anything can happen.

What have been your other breakthrough moments at NBC?   
Being chosen for Wayne McGregor's Chroma was a turning point for me. I think for the first time the staff and Karen and my colleagues were able to see me come alive onstage. And then Alexei Ratmansky cast me as one of his Romeos, which was a huge thrill. To be part of a creative process is always exciting. You can take certain liberties to make a new part fit you. You can be your own Romeo.

What challenges do you still face as a dancer? 
I have a hard time being patient with myself. It's a part of any craft, really--we're all perfectionists. I'm a tall guy, so it's also taken me a while to sort out my limbs. But mostly what I'm working on is stepping back, putting things in perspective, and not taking myself too seriously. 
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Congratulations to the Editors' Choice winner of the June Pointe Video of the Month contest: "Drifting," featuring City Ballet of Los Angeles dancer Jessica Lauren Taylor.

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Stars of the Corps
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