James Leja

James Leja 2013-14 Photo Credits

James Leja, photo by Sian Richards.


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

Mr. Leja’s repertoire includes the role of Gamache in Don Quixote, Fox in The Nutcracker and the Pussycat pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty. He also danced roles in Swan Lake, 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, The Seagull, Hamlet, Carmen, The Four Seasons, Theme and Variations, Opus 19/The Dreamer, West Side Story Suite, The Man in Black and Emergence. Recently, Mr. Leja danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier. 

In 2010, Mr. Leja danced with the company in Marie Chouinard’s 24 Preludes by Chopin at the Cultural Olympiad at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 

Mr. Leja was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patron’s 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