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.
“Stanczyk is a dancer of exceptional comedic and dramatic talent.”
Recently, Mr. Stanczyk performed as Karenin in the North American premiere of Anna Karenina. His repertoire also includes Eugene Onegin in Onegin, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, L’Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince, Geppetto in the world premiere of Pinocchio, Stanley in the Canadian premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire, Rothbart in Swan Lake and principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Nijinsky, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée, Hamlet, Petrouchka, Theme and Variations, Symphony in C, Etudes, Song of a Wayfarer, The Second Detail, Chroma, The Four Seasons, Rubies and The Man in Black. Mr. Stanczyk has also performed in company premieres by contemporary choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Kevin O’Day and John Neumeier.
As a guest artist, Mr. Stanczyk has performed at the Vienna State Opera, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Charleston Ballet and Brott Music Festival.
In 2012, Mr. Stanczyk 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
The Winter’s Tale
“Piotr Stanczyk as Leontes almost self-combusted as his body writhed in paroxysms of jealousy and vengeful anger.”
– Toronto Star
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