Image: Jurgita Dronina dancing the role of Giselle with Lead Principal Isaac Hernandez as Albrecht in Mary Skeaping's Giselle in Belfast © Laurent Liotardo

Following her recent guest appearances with us in Mary Skeaping’s classical Giselle at the Grand Opera House in Belfast this week and earlier this year at London Coliseum, Jurgita Dronina joins the Company as Lead Principal.

Jurgita will perform in Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet at Southbank Centre this August alongside new Lead Principal Aaron Robison, who joined the Company in June. She remains a Principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, and will perform with us for the 2017-18 season.

Jurgita Dronina
New Lead Principal Jurgita Dronina.

Born in Saratov, Russia and raised in Lithuania, Jurgita trained at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Lithuania and Munich International Ballet Academy in Germany. She has been a Principal dancer with Royal Swedish Ballet and Dutch National Ballet before joining The National Ballet of Canada in 2015.

On joining, Jurgita said:

“I am very excited to have this unique opportunity to be part of two incredible companies this season: English National Ballet in London, and The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. I consider myself very lucky to be able to work for two inspiring women, Tamara Rojo and Karen Kain, who have extraordinary visions for the future of their companies. I feel honoured to be a part of this.

Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has attracted the best artists from around the world, offering impeccable coaching, as well as the opportunity to bring world class ballet to a wide range of audience worldwide. I am truly looking forward to all that this season has to offer and feel privileged and grateful to both of my directors for making this lifetime experience possible.”

Jurgita performs the title role of Mary Skeaping’s Giselle in Belfast tomorrow. Look out for her upcoming performances in Coppélia (on tour in Japan) and in Romeo & Juliet. Full Principal casting for Romeo & Juliet on 1 – 5 August at Southbank Centre has just been released.