Chelsy Meiss

First Soloist

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Quick Facts

Born: Melbourne, Australia
Trained: Karen Curlis School of Dance, Thelma Williams School of Dance, The Victorian College of The Arts and The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne
Joined: 2008
First Soloist since: 2015

Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Anne-Marie Canning


Five Things to Know

  1. 1Chelsy started dancing at the age of three, when she took up jazz, tap and ballet at her mother’s studio in Melbourne, Australia – the Karen Curlis School of Dance. She went on to graduate from the Australian Ballet School.
  2. 2She danced with San Diego Ballet for three years before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2008.
  3. 3In 2011, Alexei Ratmansky cast Chelsy as one of the Juliets in his new production of Romeo and Juliet for the National Ballet. She had worked with Ratmansky on a previous ballet, Russian Seasons, while she was in the Corps de Ballet.
  4. 4Chelsy performs featured roles such as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Bronislava in Nijinsky and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, among others.
  5. 5She was the first woman to perform the tap-dancing role of The Mad Hatter in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was created for Steven McRae, Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet.






Paz de la Jolla
“Meiss, as queen of the beach, never seems to slow down… she once again shows her mastery of difficult technique, which she tosses off with seeming ease.”
— Ludwig Van Toronto

The Dream
“Chelsy Meiss is a fetching Hermia.”
— Susan Walker’s Artsblog

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“Chelsy is one the most versatile dancers in the company. The Mad Hatter is the perfect vehicle to showcase her acting ability, enthusiasm and tap dancing technique.”
 — Toronto Star


David Tory Award (2016)

Patron Award of Merit (2009)