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Monday, June 22, 2015

Jurgita Dronina joins National Ballet of Canada as Principal Dancer

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced Jurgita Dronina will join the company as Principal Dancer in the 2015/16 season. The 2015/16 roster will also include eight new Corps de Ballet members.
Jurgita Dronina was born in Saratov, Russia and trained at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Lithuania and Munich International Ballet School. She was a Principal Dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet and Dutch National Ballet before joining the National Ballet. Ms. Dronina was also a Guest Principal Artist with The Hong Kong Ballet. Her repertoire includes Nykia in La Bayadère, Princess Aurora in The  Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote by Alexei Ratmansky and the title role in Christopher’s Wheeldon’s Cinderella. Ms. Dronina has also created roles in contemporary works by such choreographers as Jean-Christophe Maillot, Rudi van Dantzig, Benjamin Millepied, Jorma Elo, David Dawson and Sidi-Larbi Cherkaoui.

On her facebook page, Jurgita Dronina had this to say:
"I am delighted to be joining the National Ballet of Canada and working for Karen Kain as my artistic director , I truly admire her strong artistic vision and quality demands for the company.
When I first approached Karen, I felt such an appreciation for my work, artistic drive and future goals, that I instantly felt that, this is the place that will meet all my expectations both professionally and personally.
I am excited to move to my new home in Toronto and give the best years of my career to the National Ballet of Canada. With the marvelous repertoire that the company has and with it's rich history, I am simply proud to be part of it !"

I have seen Jurgita Dronina dance on Tours en l'air trips to the Netherlands and am very excited that she is joining our company in Toronto. 

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