James Leja

James Leja 14/15 Photo Credits

James Leja. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.


James Leja was born in Montréal, Québec and trained at the Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, Ontario. He joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2002 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2003.    

Mr. Leja’s repertoire includes Rothbart in Swan Lake,Gamache in Don Quixote, Uncle Nikolai in The Nutcracker and the Pussycat pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty. His repertoire also includes roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Widow, The Firebird, An Italian Straw Hat, Nijinsky, The Seagull, Hamlet, The Four Seasons, Theme and Variations, Opus 19/The Dreamer, West Side Story Suite, The Man in Black, Carmen and Emergence. 

Mr. Leja received the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons' Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada in 2006. 



The Sleeping Beauty 
“the Pussycats are caricatures mauling each other far more zealously than usual. Tiffany Mosher and James Leja were very funny and had the audiences laughing”
Dance Europe, 2010

The Nutcracker
“in the ones to watch department, James Leja as the Fox showed a jumper and technician of great promise.” The Globe and Mail, 2005