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Tara Butler to retire from major dancing after 16 years with the company in Coppélia

February 28, Ottawa – On April 2 at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ballet Jörgen Canada will celebrate the career of Tara Butler, prima ballerina of the company, as she dances her farewell role of Klara in Coppélia. For 16 years Tara has led Ballet Jörgen Canada, creating all the major roles in the Company’s repertoire including Cinderella in Cinderella, Anastasia in Anastasia, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, and Klara in Coppélia.  Tara is recognized for her extraordinary artistic range and dramatic interpretations captivating audiences with her spellbinding performances.

A native of Pickering, Ontario, Tara began her ballet training at the National Ballet School in Toronto. Upon graduation she apprenticed with the National Ballet of Canada for their 1992-1993 season. She then danced with the Alberta Ballet for 2 seasons and the Banff Festival Ballet for 3 summers. In 1995, Tara joined Ballet Jörgen Canada. Tara is in great demand by choreographers across Canada and has been a principal guest artist with the Hong Kong Ballet, the International Miami Hispanic Dance Festival, and the Banff Anniversary Gala.

Coppélia is a story; daring, bold, and funny! It takes us into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppélius, a lonely and disillusioned toy maker who wishes he could bring his dolls to life to find his perfect bride. This comedy with love is told through the vibrant choreography of the award-winning Bengt Jörgen. Emotional and captivating, it is one of the best balletic representations of fantastical storytelling the world over.

On stage Saturday, April 2 at 7:00PM at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets range from $39 – $49 and can be purchased by visiting, or calling 613-580-2700.

About Ballet Jörgen Canada

Ballet Jörgen Canada is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works. For almost 25 years, the organization has sought to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, educational experiences and outreach.

As “Canada’s Local Ballet Company” Ballet Jörgen Canada shares the art form with more Canadian communities than any other dance company. Through performances, education and outreach programming, Ballet Jörgen Canada reaches over 50,000 people each year – one third of whom are under the age of 18. For more information visit

Coppélia: A Comedy with Love

April 2, 2011at 7:00PM
Shenkman Arts Centre
Tickets: $39-49 by calling 613-580-2700 or at

For information: 416 415-5000 x2886