Piotr Stanczyk was born in Poznan, Poland and trained at the State Ballet School of Poznan before studying at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2008.
“Piotr Stanczyk as Leontes almost self-combusted as his body writhed in paroxysms of jealousy and vengeful anger.”
Recently, Piotr made his debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. His repertoire includes Eugene Onegin in Onegin, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Karenin in Anna Karenina, L’Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince, Geppetto in Pinocchio, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rothbart in Swan Lake. He has also danced principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Nijinsky, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée, The Merry Widow, Hamlet, Petrouchka, Theme and Variations, Symphony in C, Etudes, Song of a Wayfarer, Marguerite and Armand, The Four Seasons, Rubies and The Man in Black. Piotr has performed in company premieres by such contemporary choreographers as Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Kevin O’Day and John Neumeier.
As a guest artist, Piotr has performed at the Vienna State Opera, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Charleston Ballet and Brott Music Festival.
In 2012, Piotr received the Rolex Dancers First Award and was the recipient of the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence in 2003, for his role as Jaguar in The Firebird.
Born: Poznan, Poland
Trained: State Ballet School of Poznan in Poland and Canada’s National Ballet School
Principal Dancer since: 2008
Romeo and Juliet
“Mercutio, the wonderful Piotr Stanczyk... offers a fusion of comedy and filigreed footwork.”
— Los Angeles Times
“Piotr Stanczyk seethed as the discarded Hilarion. He was a highlight”
— The Daily Gazette