“Jennifer Welsman was a charming Princess Aurora. Shyly innocent and tentative when first introduced to her suitors, she grew gradually in confidence as she turned their heads, spinning round and round, or balancing seemingly forever on one toe. Acting the part of a 16-year-old ingénue, she brought a sweetness to the role that is also something of an endurance test.” - Times Colonist, 2008
“Aurora (Jennifer Welsman) had no difficulty with the Rose Adagio, performing without fuss or affectation.” - Dance Europe Magazine, 2003
Born in Penticton, British Columbia, Jennifer Welsman began training at the Penticton School of Dance. In 1993, she joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division, graduating with distinction in 1998. Just prior to graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Prince Edward Award and was flown to England to receive the award from the Prince himself.
Welsman was invited to join the RWB immediately following graduation for the 1998/99 season and was promoted to second soloist in 2002. For the 2008/09 season Welsman was promoted to first soloist.
Welsman danced her first lead role in a classical ballet in 2001 as Clara in Nutcracker. She says that she, “will always be grateful to Galina Yordanova for becoming her mentor so early on in her career.” Welsman has received much praise for her performance as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Most recently she reprised the challenging role for a third time, including on the Company’s 2008 tour to her home province of British Columbia. Her emotional homecoming performance received many accolades from audience members and reviewers alike.
Welsman’s repertoire also includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Tiger Lily and Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and Clara in Nutracker. She has performed feature roles in Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Allegro Brillante, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Dracula, Miroirs, Symphony in D, Butterfly, Carmina Burana, Le Jazz Hot, Rodeo, Angels in the Architecture and The Four Temperments. She has had roles created for her in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmen, The Passion and Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge – The Ballet, where she performed as a can-can girl, lead tango couple and as a green fairy.
She concluded the 2009-2010 season by performing a challenging pas de trois and as a tall swan in Swan Lake and was an evil stepsister in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story.
Along with the RWB troupe, Welsman performed Itzik Galili’s Hikarizatto and Mark Godden’s As Above So Below before an international audience at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad. When not dancing with the RWB, Welsman has been invited to appear as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Sundays with the Family concert series. She also plays China Doll on the Gemini award winning children’s television program The Toy Castle.