Jonathan Renna

Jonathan Renna 14/15 Photo Credits

Jonathan Renna. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

Biography

Jonathan Renna was born in Ottawa, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997, leaving in 2000 to dance with Northern Ballet Theatre in England and Alberta Ballet. Mr. Renna re-joined the National Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2009.  

Mr. Renna’s repertoire with the National Ballet includes Mercutio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Rothbart in Swan LakeDon José in Carmen and Prince Gremin in Onegin. His repertoire also includes roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandNijinsky, The Seagull, A Month in the Country, Hamlet, West Side Story Suite, Chroma, Russian Seasons, The Man in Black, Pur ti Miro and Emergence. 

Mr. Renna is an instructor at both the National Ballet’s Summer Dance Intensive and In Studio, the National Ballet’s recreational dance school for all ages and levels.  

Quotes

Onegin 
“As Prince Gremin, Jonathan Renna was a picture of dutiful love.” Danceview Times, 2011 

Chroma 
“Greta Hodgkinson and Jonathan Renna stood out in their pas de deux to The Hardest Button to Button. Beyond their technical brilliance, they made their steps interesting.” 
Danceview Times, 2012 

Carmen 
“Jonathan Renna as Escamillo is costumed like a bull including grey skin and head horns. He represents, presumably, carnal lust and the male testosterone archetype, and is given suitable animalistic movement and a brutal coupling with Carmen.” The Globe and Mail, 2009