“I started to dance when I was 7 years old, following my brothers and sisters footsteps. After 3 years my mother forced me to audition for a professional ballet school, which I succeeded in. Almost every year I got kicked out because of my behaviour but most of the dance teachers always backed me up. When I was 17 I started to dance more and more bigger roles, and at that time my mother also passed away. Shortly after that I became more serious about my profession and my future. I realised I’m not good enough and I needed to catch up. So I went to Hamburg to work more with the great “Russian Hammer” teacher Anatoli Nisnevich. After that I became soloist at The National Theatre in Prague. I had a great time there but I knew that the level of dancers outside is much higher, so after four years I decided to leave. I left my Principal post and started as a Corps de Ballet member with the Stuttgart Ballet. My third season I became a Principal Dancer. I had a great time there, danced amazing roles and travelled half the world. After 9 seasons I needed to change my life and move on. I joined the National Ballet of Canada as Principal in 2010… and now I’m here. My journey wasn’t ended yet and I hope you will enjoy what I can offer you on the stage in this part of the world.
Thank you, Jiri”
Career highlights: Guesting in Vienna State Opera, Opera Garnier in Paris, In Korea and Japan, in Beijing with Chinese National Ballet. Guesting with The Hamburg Ballet and Nijinsky Gala. Gala Prix de Lausanne. Gala 60 Years of Chinese Ballet.
For more information see www.jiri-jelinek.com