Janet Tait

Head of Senior School, Professional Division

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Miss Tait trained at the Sculy/Borovansky School of Ballet and The Victorian College of the Arts with Junina Cunova.

After graduating, Miss Tait joined Ballet Victoria, touring extensively and dancing alongside such noted artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and Valery and Galina Panov.

In 1983 she joined London City Ballet, dancing all major works with that company including Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Carmen, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Three Dances to Japanese Music among many others.

In 1987, Miss Tait moved to West Australian Ballet, creating many principal roles in works by Artistic Directors Barry Moreland and Ted Brandsen and performing in other works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Graeme Murphy, Stephen Baynes and Edmund Stripe.

During her time with West Australian Ballet, Miss Tait began teaching and coaching with the company, The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Graduate College of Dance. In 2000, she was appointed Resident Guest Teacher with the Singapore Dance Theatre and also taught at LaSalle University SIA as teacher and assessor.

In 2002, she moved to Canada to teach and coach with Alberta Ballet and the School of Alberta Ballet, taking on Ballet Mistress duties in 2005. She has assisted in the mounting and coaching of such works as George Balanchine’s Who Cares?Rubies, Allegro Brilliante and Serenade, Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kirk Peterson's Othello and The Sleeping Beauty, Jean Grand-Maître’s CarmenVigil of Angels, The Fiddle and The Drum and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. She has restaged Edmund Stripe’s Unquiet Light for Alberta Ballet and was his assistant during the creation of his Alice in Wonderland and his new version of The Nutcracker in 2008.

A versatile character dancer, Miss Tait has performed in many of Alberta Ballet’s productions, notably as the Marquise de Merteuil in Jean Grand Maître’s Les Liaisons Dangereurses and The Queen in Kirk Peterson’s The Sleeping Beauty. She also created the roles of Lady Capulet in Jean Grand-Maître’s 2005 production of Romeo & Juliet and Babushka in Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker in 2008.

In 2011, she was appointed as Classical Tutor at The New Zealand School of Dance, returning to Calgary in 2013 to take up the duties of Head of Senior School at School of Alberta Ballet.

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