J'aime Crandall

J'aime Crandall

Born: 1982

Nationality: American

Education: Phoenix School of Ballet 1990-95, Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. under the direction of Yelena and Oleg Vinogradov and in the classes of N. Morozov, L. Morkovina, A. Kucheruk, A. Dallas, V. Djouloukhadze and A. Sizova 1995-2000

Previous companies: Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea, 2000-03 (promoted to demi-soloist in 2001) and Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet) in Amsterdam 2003-08

Career: Joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008. Promoted to soloist in 2011 and to principal dancer the same year

Highlights from the repertoire of the Royal Danish Ballet: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorff), Giselle in Giselle (Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorff), Kitri and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Raymonda in Raymonda and Nikiya in La Bayadère (Nikolaj Hübbe). La Sylphide in La Sylphide, the pas de six from Napoli, the pas de sept from A Folk Tale and Pas de la Vestale (August Bournonville). Terpsichore in Apollo, leading roles in Serenade, Theme and Variations, Agon, The Nutcracker, Symphony in C, Rubies – Jewels and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (George Balanchine). The Ballerina in Etudes (Harald Lander), Manon in Manon (Kenneth MacMillan) and Grand Pas Classique (Viktor Gsovsky). Leading roles in Dances at a Gathering, The Cage and Other Dances (Jerome Robbins). Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Manon in Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier). Bella Figura and Symphony of Psalms (Jiří Kylián), Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and Alice and Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Christopher Wheeldon), Lost on Slow (Jorma Elo) and the Mother in AfteRite (Wayne McGregor)

Awards and Grants: Balletmaster Albert Gaubier and Poul Waldorff’s Grant, 2011, Balletmaster Hans Beck’s Grant, 2012, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, 2014, and Johannes and Ulla Poulsen’s Grant, 2018

Galas and Festivals: The Ural Opera Ballet 100th Years Anniversary Gala, 2012, HM Queen Margrethe 40th Anniversary Gala, 2012, Russian Ballet Icons Gala, 2013, Internationale Ballett Gala Kiel, 2014, XXII Benois de la Danse Stars Gala, 2014, and Dance Open, 2015, and Jacob’s Pillow, 2018