Jack Bertinshaw

First Soloist

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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

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


Five Things to Know

  1. 1Travel was a significant part of Jack’s childhood and training. He lived in Japan for a while before returning home to Australia, where he began studying dance. From there, he moved to Zürich and then to Toronto to join The National Ballet of Canada.
  2. 2He took his first dance classes in jazz, acrobatics and tap, a skill he puts to use in the tap-dancing role of The Mad Hatter in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  3. 3In 2018, he created the lead role of Norman McLaren in the world premiere of Frame by Frame by Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage, receiving a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Performance.
  4. 4Jack’s repertoire includes the title role in Pinocchio, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Benno in Swan Lake.
  5. 5Jack performs a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary ballets, such as The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, Angels’ Atlas, Emergence, Cacti and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.






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

Romeo and Juliet
“Jack Bertinshaw has found depths of his own to add to his portrayal of Mercutio, particularly during that torturously drawn-out death scene.”
— Toronto Star


Patron Award of Merit (2013)

Finalist at the Prix de Lausanne (2011)

Mary Day Artistry Award at the Youth America Grand Prix (2010)

Silver Medal at the TANZOLYMP (2010)