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 Lake, Don José in Carmen and Prince Gremin in Onegin. His repertoire also includes roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping
Beauty, Giselle, Manon, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Nijinsky, 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.
“As Prince Gremin, Jonathan Renna was a
picture of dutiful love.” Danceview
“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
“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