Norwegian Dancer’s Dream Comes True

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Norwegian dancer Gina Storm-Jensen (21) was promoted to First Artist in the Royal Ballet, London last month. She trained at Royal Ballet Upper School and entered the Company in October 2013.

Norwegian Dancer’s Dream Comes True
Gina Storm-Jensen

Storm-Jensen began her training at the Norwegian National Ballet School in Oslo and was a finalist at the 2011 Prix de Lausanne. After winning the 2013 Gailene Stock Prize for Most Promising Student, she went to train at The Royal Ballet Upper School.

Norwegian Dancer’s Dream Comes True
Gina (far right) dancing in the Nutcracker

From a Norwegian perspective, this is a ballet-historical event. Norway is just a tiny little ballet nation, so this is quite impressive. The fact that a Norwegian dancer stands out in one of the world’s leading ballet companies is extraordinary.

Like many of the Royal Ballet School students, Storm-Jensen worked regularly with the company. Mostly in corps de ballet and extra roles but last year, unusually for a second year, she got her chance to dance in Balanchine’s Symphony in C.

Norwegian Dancer’s Dream Comes True
Gina (in the middle) dancing in Swan Lake, 2013, Photo: Johan Persson

Storm-Jensen’s performances with the Company have included Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty), Arabian dance (The Nutcracker), Mercedes (Carmen) and in ‘Rubies’ (Jewels). She has created roles in Woolf Works and Meta.

“Artist Gina Storm-Jensen gives energetic, skillful performances,” wrote Manual Muños in Theatre (April 6, 2017).

A Norwegian Dancer’s Dream Comes True, written by Tor Kjolberg