Born in Melbourne, Australia, Chelsy Meiss trained at Karen Curlis School of Dance, Thelma Williams School of Dance and The Australian Ballet School. She joined the San Diego Ballet in 2005, became a member of the Corps de Ballet of The National Ballet of Canada in 2008 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2011.
Meiss danced the role of Juliet in the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet by
She also performed in the North American premieres
of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by
Ms. Meiss’s repertoire also includes The Sleeping Beauty, Swan
Lake, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée,Giselle, Onegin, Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Seagull, The Four
Temperaments, Symphony in C, Opus 19/The Dreamer, The Four Seasons, In The
Upper Room, West Side Story Suite,
Glass Pieces, Russian Seasons and Chroma.
2009, she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patron’s Council
Committee of The National Ballet of Canada.
Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.
You were born and trained in Australia. What brought you to Canada?
After training in Australia I danced with the San Diego Ballet for three years. Dancing in San Diego was a wonderful experience but I always wanted to dance in a National Ballet Company. I heard great things about the National Ballet from dance news in magazines and online and one of my coaches in San Diego had also affirmed good things about Artistic Director Karen Kain. I sent the company my resume and DVD and was invited for an audition class at the end of May and then Karen offered me a job here!
When did you know you wanted to be a professional dancer?
I always knew I wanted to be a professional dancer, whether it was in musical theatre or in classical ballet. I started dancing very young at my Mum's dancing school and when I was fifteen I was accepted into the Australian Ballet School. This is where I focussed on ballet and where I saw myself becoming a professional ballet dancer.
Tell us about being selected by Alexei Ratmansky to be one of the Juliets in his Romeo and Juliet.
It was like a dream come true! When I saw my name on the casting I was frozen for a second, I thought 'That's my name!' I was elated! I was so excited, happy and grateful that he chose me. 'Juliet' was always a role I have wanted to bring to life in dance.
Do you have another dream role?
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.
When you are not rehearsing or performing what do you like to do?
On my down time I have private pilates lessons, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture as these all help my body to stay in top shape which is the most important thing for my art form.
What’s on your ipod?
For the past few months I've been hooked on listening to Beethoven. I've been reading up on him a little bit and I find his music and life story such an inspiration.
Romeo and Juilet
danc[ed] with passionate abandon.”
Dance International, 2012
“Chelsy Meiss and Noah Long were extremely impressive as the
estate manager’s daughter and her fiance, the bookish Medvedenko. With her
flaming red hair and lovely lines, Meiss, an Australian import, is a young
soloist to watch in the company.”
The Ottawa Citizen, 2012