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Over the years National Ballet audiences have seen definitive interpretations in the leading role of James by many leading men including Mikhail Baryshinkov.    Mikhail Baryshnikov. Photo by Martha Swope.

Over the years National Ballet audiences have seen definitive interpretations in the leading role of James by many leading men including Mikhail Baryshinkov. Mikhail Baryshnikov. Photo by Martha Swope.

The National Ballet's Karen Kain radiates confidence and allure in the principal role of The Merry Widow at the O'Keefe Centre; critic William Littler says. When John Meehan waltzed this lady around the stage; he earned the envy of every man in the audience Saturday night.

The National Ballet's Karen Kain radiates confidence and allure in the principal role of The Merry Widow at the O'Keefe Centre; critic William Littler says. When John Meehan waltzed this lady around the stage; he earned the envy of every man in the audience Saturday night.

Veronica Tennant and Mikhail Baryshnikov, 'La Sylphide', National Ballet of Canada (1974)

Veronica Tennant and Mikhail Baryshnikov, 'La Sylphide', National Ballet of Canada (1974)

James Kudelka and Jordana Daumec backstage at The #Nutcracker. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

James Kudelka and Jordana Daumec backstage at The #Nutcracker. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Baryshkinov & Tennant dance La Sylphide at the Ontario Place Forum -- August 1974 -- What a beautiful night!

Baryshkinov & Tennant dance La Sylphide at the Ontario Place Forum -- August 1974 -- What a beautiful night!

Rudolf Nureyev performing with Veronica Tenant and the National Ballet of Canada in 'Sleeping Beauty' which he choreographed in 1972.

Rudolf Nureyev performing with Veronica Tenant and the National Ballet of Canada in 'Sleeping Beauty' which he choreographed in 1972.

Nadia Potts and Tomas Schramek, lead dancers with the National Ballet of Canada, presented a beautifully molded pas de deux in the company's annual Christmas showpiece in 1975. (Photo by Reg Innell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

50 Years Of 'The Nutcracker' Ballet, In Stunning Photos

Nadia Potts and Tomas Schramek, lead dancers with the National Ballet of Canada, presented a beautifully molded pas de deux in the company's annual Christmas showpiece in 1975. (Photo by Reg Innell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

nationalballet:  Throwback Thursday: Nadia Potts as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (c. 1972). Photo by Anthony Crickmay.  The Nutcracker is onstage now until January 3. Buy now!

nationalballet: Throwback Thursday: Nadia Potts as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (c. 1972). Photo by Anthony Crickmay. The Nutcracker is onstage now until January 3. Buy now!

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