A native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Jillian Vanstone trained at the Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Arts and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011. Ms. Vanstone’s repertoire includes principal roles in Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Taming of the Shrew, Onegin, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée and The Seagull. She has performed lead roles in Jewels, The Four Seasons, Symphony in C and Theme and Variations as well as featured roles in Swan Lake, Apollo, The Firebird and Les Sylphides. Ms. Vanstone danced the title role in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon and performed in company premieres by such choreographers as Alexei Ratmansky, John Neumeier, Kevin O'Day and Jerome Robbins. In 2011, Ms. Vanstone was the recipient of the Rolex Dancers First Award for her role as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Jillian Vanstone / Photo by Sian Richards