Jenna Roberts

Principal

Introduced by David Bintley
Born in Australia, Jenna Roberts trained at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy, Australia, and the Royal Ballet Upper School. She joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2003 and progressed rapidly through the Company, achieving the rank of First Soloist in 2008 and Principal at the end of the 2011-12 season. Her slim, long-legged physicality, which masks a steely strength, was eminently suited to Apollo, an early success which marked her out as an outstanding Balanchine interpreter. Since then she has danced, with great versatility, the leading roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Daphnis and Chloë and Cinderella. Notable amongst an impressive list of performances in shorter ballets are Jenna’s recent created roles in Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces, Alex Whitley’s Kin., and as the Fairy in Michael Corder’s Le Baiser de la fée. Jenna also danced Juliet in Ballet Hoo! Ballet Changed My Life – Birmingham Royal Ballet’s landmark television series screened on Channel 4.

REPERTORY INCLUDES
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise's Friends), The Two Pigeons, Dante Sonata, Monotones II, Symphonic Variations, Daphnis and Chloë (Chloë) and Scènes de ballet
George Balanchine: Apollo (Tersichore), Agon (Principal couple), Symphony in Three Movements and Western Symphony (First movement)
David Bintley: Hobson's Choice (Salvation Army), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Chinoiserie), The Shakespeare Suite (Juliet), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Allegri diversi, The Orpheus Suite, The Sons of Horus, The Dance House, Cinderella ('Summer'), E=mc² ('Mass') and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle ('Harvest pas de deux')
John Cranko: The Lady and the Fool
Oliver Hindle: The Four Seasons
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer's reconstruction of The Rite of Spring
Michael Kopisnki: Dumbarton Oaks
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Elite Syncopations ('Bethena Concert Waltz'), Solitaire (Girl) and Concerto pas de deux
Hans van Manen: Five Tangos
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate
Alexander Whitley: Kin.
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Fairy), Coppélia (Swanilda's Friends and 'Prayer') and The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Odette/Odile)

CREATED ROLES
Michael Corder
: Le Baiser de la fée (The Fairy)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Alexander Whitley: Kin.