Tomas Schramek was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia and has
been a professional dancer since the age of 15, dancing with Slovak Folk Dance
Ensemble, while studying for and obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the
Academy of Musical and Theatrical Arts in Bratislava. He joined The National
Ballet of Canada in 1969 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1973. Mr.
Schramek became a Principal Character Artist in 1990. Mr. Schramek was
appointed Company Teacher in 1992 and was Assistant Ballet Master from 2005 to
As Principal Dancer, Mr. Schramek performed most of the
leading male classical roles, including Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, James in La Sylphide, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Colas in La
Fille mal gardée, Franz in Coppélia and
Catalinon in John Neumeier’s Don Juan.
As a Principal Character Artist, Mr. Schramek’s roles include
Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Gremio
in The Taming of the Shrew, Widow
Simone in La Fille mal gardée, the
title role in Don Quixote, Dr.
Coppelius in Coppélia and the lead
role in The Concert.
Mr. Schramek was honoured by the Slovak Republic at a gala
celebration for his accomplishments as a dancer living abroad in 2004.
The Sleeping Beauty
“Veteran dancer Tomas Schramek gave poor old Catalubutte a
perplexed and discombobulated sadness that made us feel sorry for all creatures
set upon by wicked fairies.” The Hamilton Spectator, 2012
“Thomas Schramek… as the grizzled Duke of Courland… gives a detailed performance that suggests the way maturity denies romance in favour of politically appropriate alliances.” Ballet Review, 2009