Chelsy Meiss

Chelsy Meiss 2013-14 Photo Credits

Chelsy Meiss, photo by Sian Richards.

Biography

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Chelsy Meiss trained at Karen Curlis School of Dance, Thelma Williams School of Dance, The Victorian College of The Arts and is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School. She joined the San Diego Ballet in 2005, The National Ballet of Canada in 2008 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2011.  

Ms. Meiss’ repertoire includes the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Onegin, Cinderella, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, The Seagull, The Four Temperaments, Carmen, Symphony in C, Opus 19/The Dreamer, The Four Seasons, In The Upper Room, West Side Story Suite, Glass Pieces, Russian Seasons and Chroma. Recently, Ms. Meiss danced the role of Bronislava in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier. 

In 2009, she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patron’s Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada.  

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.

Quotes

Romeo and Juilet 
“Chelsey Meiss… danc[ed] with passionate abandon.”
Dance International, 2012

The Seagull 
“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