Jillian Vanstone

Jillian Vanstone 2013-14 Photo Credits

Jillian Vanstone. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Jillian Vanstone - head shot 2012

    Jillian Vanstone. Photo by Sian Richards.

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    ALI2 2011 104

    Jillian Vanstone in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Jillian Vanstone in Sleeping Beauty photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic

    Jillian Vanstone in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    GISE2 2012 20

    Jillian Vanstone and Naoya Ebe in Giselle. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

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    CIN3 2014 12

    Jillian Vanstone with Artists of the Ballet in Cinderella. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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    Jillian Vanstone in La fille mal gardée

    Jillian Vanstone in La Fille mal gardée. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Jillian Vanstone and Artists of the Ballet in Onegin photo by Sian Richards

    Jillian Vanstone and Artists of the Ballet in Onegin. Photo by Sian Richards.

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    Jillian Vanstone in The Taming of the Shrew

    Jillian Vanstone with Artists of the Ballet in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    NUTC4 2013 8

    Jillian Vanstone in The Nutcracker. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Jillian Vanstone in Apollo

    Jillian Vanstone in Apollo. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. 

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Biography

A native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Jillian Vanstone trained at the Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Arts and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011.  

Ms. Vanstone’s repertoire includes principal roles in Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Taming of the Shrew, Onegin, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée and The SeagullShe has performed lead roles in Jewels, The Four Seasons, Symphony in C and Theme and Variations as well as featured roles in Swan Lake, Apollo, The Firebird and Les Sylphides.  

Ms. Vanstone danced the title role in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon and performed in company premieres by such choreographers as Alexei Ratmansky, John Neumeier, Kevin O'Day and Jerome Robbins. 

In 2011, Ms. Vanstone was the recipient of the Rolex Dancers First Award for her role as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

Quotes

Manon
“At Sunday’s matinee, Jillian Vanstone offered a more innocent Manon whose naivety and weakness for the gilded life leads her down a tragic path. Her innocence is matched by that of her devoted Des Grieux, corps de ballet member Harrison James dancing a major principal role and acquitting himself splendidly. The chemistry between Vanstone and James is electric.” Toronto Star, 2014 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 
“Vanstone is an absolute charmer… Her Alice is a feisty girl who isn’t afraid of anything, and who throws herself into every new adventure with gusto. She seems absolutely alive on stage, glowing with youth.” The Globe and Mail, 2011 

A Month in the Country 
“I suspect Ashton would have loved Jillian Vanstone as Vera – with her delicate footwork and polished classical technique.” National Post, 2014 

Giselle 
“Vanstone deftly and compellingly negotiated the entire dramatic arc of the ballet.” 
Dancing Times, 2013