A native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Jillian Vanstone trained at the Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Arts and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011.
Recently, Ms. Vanstone made her debut as Titania in The Dream. She has also danced the title role in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon, Stella in the Canadian premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire and principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, The Taming of the Shrew, Manon, Onegin, La Fille mal gardée, The Seagull and the world premiere of Frame by Frame by Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté. Ms. Vanstone has performed lead roles in Nijinsky, Jewels, The Four Seasons, Symphony in C and Theme and Variations as well as featured roles in Swan Lake, A Month in the Country, Apollo, Pinocchio, The Winter’s Tale, The Firebird, Les Sylphides, Paz de la Jolla and The Dreamers Ever Leave You. She has performed in company premieres by such choreographers as Alexei Ratmansky, John Neumeier, Kevin O’Day and Jerome Robbins.
In 2011, Ms. Vanstone was the recipient of the Rolex Dancers First Award for her role as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.