Jillian Vanstone

Principal Dancer

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Quick Facts

Born: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Trained: Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Arts in Nanaimo, British Columbia and Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 1999
Principal Dancer since: 2011

Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.


Five Things to Know

  1. 1Jillian has danced 14 different roles in The National Ballet of Canada’s production of The Nutcracker. The first time she performed in it she was a student in grade 9.
  3. 2One of her life goals is to become an adventurous camper.
  4. 3Jillian’s guilty pleasure is purchasing coffee table books on design. She has a beautiful collection. When she’s not at the barre, she’s studying Design Management at Ryerson’s Chang School. 
  6. 4Jillian recently got a new puppy whom she loves to spoil. 
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  9. One of Jillian’s signature roles is Alice in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She was the first dancer in North America to perform it in 2011 and she was promoted to Principal Dancer shortly after.  


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  2. 2The Four Seasons
  3. 3Manon
  4. 4Petite Mort
  5. 5The Winter’s Tale





Jillian Vanstone: Reflections on a Career in Dance


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Vanstone is an absolute charmer… Her Alice is a feisty girl who isn’t afraid of anything, and who throws herself into every new adventure with gusto.”
– The Globe and Mail

“[Jillian Vanstone] is thrilling, completely at ease. Her first-class technique makes way for liquid turns and daredevil leaps.”
– FjordReview.com

The Sleeping Beauty
“Jillian Vanstone… was poised and assured during the famous Rose Adagio, gliding from one impeccable balance to another with an appealing grandness and effervescence.”
– DanceTabs.com


Rolex Dancers First Award for her performance as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011)