A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Jonathan Renna trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997, leaving in 2000 to dance with Northern Ballet Theatre in England and Alberta Ballet, before re-joining the company in 2007. Mr. Renna was promoted to First Soloist in 2009. Mr. Renna’s repertoire with the National Ballet includes Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Polonius in Hamlet and Prince Gremin in Onegin. Mr. Renna also danced in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, West Side Story Suite and Carmen. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Renna led student workshops at the National Ballet’s Summer Dance Intensive.
Reviews – Carmen: “Jonathan Renna as Escamillo is costumed like a bull including grey skin and head horns. He represents, presumably, carnal lust and the male testosterone archetype, and is given suitable animalistic movement and a brutal coupling with Carmen.” (The Globe and Mail, 2009). Onegin: “As Prince Gremin, Jonathan Renna was a picture of dutiful love.” (Danceview Times, 2011). The Seagull: “excellent character sketches provided by… Jonathan Renna as the docile Doctor” (Ballet Review, 2009).