Mandy-Jayne Richardson. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.
A native of London, England, Mandy-Jayne Richardson studied dance at The Royal Ballet School and upon graduation, joined the legendary Sadler’s Wells Ballet. Her luminous stage presence and highly praised technique were in evidence in many works from the company’s varied repertoire including leading roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Elite Syncopations, Brouillards and Five Tangos. A favourite with both audiences and critics for her powerful interpretive and communicative abilities, Ms. Richardson was twice voted one of England’s most interesting young performers by the readers of Dance and Dancers.
In 1986, Ms. Richardson joined the renowned Dutch National Ballet, under the artistic directorship of Rudi van Dantzig, expanding her repertoire and deepening her artistry through such roles as the pas de deux in Autumn Haze, the Fourth Song in Four Last Songs, Euridice in Toer van Schayk’s Orpheus, Summer in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella and the second pas de deux in George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Ms. Richardson joined New York City Ballet in 1988, where she had the opportunity to broaden her understanding of the Balanchine repertoire and performed leading roles in such works as Peter Martins’ Songs of the Auvergne, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and John Taras’ Souvenir de Florence.
Ms. Richardson retired from dance in 1991 and joined The National Ballet of Canada’s artistic staff in 1999. In 2005, she was appointed Senior Ballet Mistress. She has set numerous ballets for the company, including James Kudelka's Cinderella, which she also set to great acclaim for Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.