Jurgita Dronina

Principal Dancer

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Quick Facts

Born: Saratov, Russia
Trained: National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Lithuania and Munich International Ballet Academy in Germany
Royal Swedish Ballet: 2005 – 2010
Het Nationale Ballet: 2010 – 2015
Resident Principal Guest Artist with The Hong Kong Ballet: 2015 – 2017
Joined as Principal Dancer: 2015
Lead Principal Dancer with English National Ballet: 2017 – 2020


Five Things to Know

  1. 1Born in Russia, Jurgita was raised in Lithuania and completed her training in Munich, Germany. She considers and calls Toronto her home.
  2. 2Jurgita is the winner of numerous international ballet competitions including the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki and Moscow.
  3. 3Prior to joining The National Ballet of Canada, Jurgita was a Principal Dancer with The Royal Swedish Ballet, Het Nationale Ballet and English National Ballet. She was a Guest Principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Opera del’Roma, Arena di Verona and Teatro San Carlo in Naples, to name a few.
  4. 4She is a highly sought-after international guest artist.
  5. 5Founder of Bosaddo by Jurgita Dronina clothing line and foundation, Jurgita has completed various courses with Harvard Business School including Leadership Principles, Economics for Managers, Business Management and Accounting Principles.


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1Swan Lake
  2. 2Romeo and Juliet
  3. 3Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux 
  5. 4Manon
  6. 5La Bayadère






“Dronina made clear, however, that this gentle girl loves to dance… with a joyous sense of clarity and purity, her arabesques radiant and her pointe work pin-sharp accurate. It was this gorgeous quality of dancing that made Dronina’s performance in the second act outstanding.”
– Dancing Times on guesting with English National Ballet

The Winter’s Tale
“Hermione (Jurgita Dronina)... stretches a powerfully pure arabesque line from front arm to raised back leg, and then repeatedly turns on the spot in this position, rising again and again, urgently, onto point.”
– The New York Times

La Sylphide
“Dronina is an irresistible performer. She’s more than a vision of Romanticism with her long feet, supple extensions and watery port de bras; there is sensuality in her movement that teeters between the creature and the woman.”
– The Globe and Mail


Night's Cross of the Order of Merits to Lithuanina (2018)

Baltic Assembly Prize for distinguished merits in arts and culture (2018)

Nominated for The Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Classical Performance (2018)

Nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse for her roles in La Sylphide and Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet (2018)

Alexandra Radius Prize (2014) and the Zwaan Award (2011) for her role as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty

Voted Outstanding Dancer of the Year by Dance Europe magazine three years in a row

Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson (2006)

Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki (2005)

Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2005)

Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Grasse (2003)