Joysanne Sidimus

Joysanne Sidimus 14/15 Photo Credits

Joysanne Sidimus. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

Biography

Long recognized as one of the pre-eminent authorities on the work of George Balanchine, Joysanne Sidimus has staged the legendary choreographer’s ballets for dance companies the world over, including the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Stuttgart Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Oklahoma Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Teatro alla Scala, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. 

A native of New York City, Ms. Sidiumus studied under George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet and later joined the choreographer’s New York City Ballet. She performed as a Soloist with London Festival Ballet and as a Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. 

In addition of her work as a guest répétiteur, Ms. Sidimus is the founder of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and the co-author, with Carol Anderson, of Reflections in a Dancing Eye: The Role and Value of the Artist in Contemporary Canadian Society, published by The Banff Centre Press. As well, she was the founding Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, which created the Artists’ Health Centre, a comprehensive health care facility for artists at Toronto Western Hospital, and the Project Director of the Senior Artists’ Research Project, studying the challenges faced by Canada’s senior artists. In 2003, she was awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and in 2006, she received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.