Hannah Mae Cruddas
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen
Hannah’s repertoire with CBJ includes Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Tall Stepsister and Lead Fairy in Cinderella, Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet along with various roles in The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition.
Hannah Mae began her dance training with the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts School of Dance and the Leica Hardy School of Dance. In 2009, she joined Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Hannah Mae was honoured to be the youngest recipient of the Society of Russian Ballet’s Nesta Toumine Memorial Award and at 14, was a semi-finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition. She was also privileged to be the recipient of the Jan Wicha Memorial Cup and Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. At home, she danced the title role in Alice (Dearborn), the Ragdoll Queen in The Nutcracker (Hardy), and worked with Kennet Oberly and Otar Beridze. Her Toronto repertoire credits include Peggy Baker’s 5 Views of a Temple Garden, Petipa’s La Bayadere and Paquita, and Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat. Hannah Mae was recently awarded the Janice Merritt Flemming Award administrated by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.
To me, dance means unity and inclusion. It's a form of universal communication which creates an accessible outlet for shared experiences of passion and joy.