Piotr Stanczyk Panellist/Evolving Dance Pedagogy
Piotr Stanczyk was born in Poznan, Poland and trained at the State Ballet School of Poznan before studying at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2008.
Mr. Stanczyk’s repertoire includes principal roles in The Winter’s Tale, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Nijinsky, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée, Hamlet, Petrouchka, Theme and Variations, Symphony in C, Etudes, Song of a Wayfarer, The Four Seasons and The Man in Black. Mr. Stanczyk has also performed in company premieres by contemporary choreographers such as Alexei Ratmanksy, Wayne McGregor, Kevin O’Day and John Neumeier.
As a guest artist, Mr. Stanczyk has performed at the Vienna State Opera, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Charleston Ballet and Brott Music Festival.
In 2012, Mr. Stanczyk received the Rolex Dancers First Award and was the recipient of the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence in 2003, for his role as Jaguar in The Firebird.
Romeo and Juliet
“Mercutio, the wonderful Piotr Stanczyk... offers a fusion of comedy and filigreed footwork” Los Angeles Times, 2014
“…Piotr Stanczyk was the standout of the evening. This young man danced a thrilled Don Quixote Pas de Deux that was dazzling in every way. With his airborne leaps and whiplash turns, Stanczyk was easily the equal of Nureyev and Baryshnikov.”
The Hamilton Spectator, 2006