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
by the Patrons' Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada in 2006.
“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 ones to watch department, James Leja as the Fox showed a jumper and
technician of great promise.” The
Globe and Mail, 2005