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, Manon, Onegin, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée and The Seagull. She has performed lead
roles in Nijinsky, 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.
“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
“Vanstone deftly and compellingly
negotiated the entire dramatic arc of the ballet.”
Dancing Times, 2013