Jack Bertinshaw

First Soloist

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Jack Bertinshaw was born in Sydney, Australia and trained at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Australia and the Tanz Akademie Zürich in Switzerland. Mr. Bertinshaw joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2018.

Mr. Bertinshaw created the role of Norman McLaren in the world premiere of Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage’s Frame by Frame, receiving a nomination in the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Performance. His repertoire includes the title role in Pinocchio and Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow, Seryozha in Anna Karenina, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Benno in Swan Lake, Uncle Nikolai in The Nutcracker, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, Gurn in La Sylphide, Brother Clown in The Winter’s Tale, Lescaut in Manon, Diamond Man in The Sleeping Beauty and Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He has also danced roles in Giselle, Cinderella, Onegin, Nijinsky, Anna Karenina, La Fille mal gardée, The Seagull, Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments, Rubies, Theme and Variations, A Month in the Country, Paquita, The Four Seasons, The Second Detail, The Concert, Carousel (A Dance), Piano Concerto #1, Emergence, Cacti, Being and Nothingness, Watch her, Night and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.

Mr. Bertinshaw was awarded the Patron Award of Merit in 2013. Mr. Bertinshaw was also a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in 2011 and received the Mary Day Artistry Award at the Youth America Grand Prix and the Silver Medal at the Tanzolymp in 2010.

Jack Bertinshaw is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Quick Facts

Born: Sydney, Australia
Trained: Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Australia and the Tanz Akademie Zürich in Switzerland
Joined: 2011

First Soloist since: 2018


Frame by Frame
“This ballet has made Bertinshaw a star given his luminous performance, and the young dancer was inundated with a rousing chorus of cheers during his solo bows.”
— Ludwig Van Toronto

Swan Lake
“As Benno, Second Soloist Jack Bertinshaw was crisp and energetic.”
— The Globe and Mail