Born in Pompano Beach, Florida, Jo-Ann Sundermeier began her dance training with Liana Navarro in Miami when she was eight years old before entering the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division in 1997. She became an Apprentice with the company in 2003 and soared through the ranks to Principal dancer in 2012.
Sundermeier’s repertoire includes the dueling roles of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrtha inGiselle, and Princess Aurora inThe Sleeping Beauty. She also danced La Goulue, a role created for her in Moulin Rouge® – The Balletby choreographer Jorden Morris, as well as Tinker Bell inPeter Pan, Russian Girl in Balanchine’sSerenade, Second Violin inConcerto Barocco
,and the Grand pas de deux from Nutcracker.Additional repertoire includes Romeo & Juliet, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story,Raymonda, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Toer van Schayk’s Seventh Symphony, and Mark Godden’s Dracula.
Sundermeier has performed with Q Dance for the past three seasons and was selected by acclaimed choreographer Peter Quanz to perform his work In Tandem at the prestigious Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
“Principal dancer Jo-Ann Sundermeier's strong portrayal as Princess Aurora … showcases her bravura technique and steely concentration. Her expressive face radiated joy at her birthday party until she fatefully falls into slumber, her trembling fear palpable as she collapses on stage.” - Winnipeg Free Press, 2013
“Sundermeier is a mighty mouse. Her stamina, precision and control were impressive.”
- Ottawa Citizen, 2013
“… Sundermeier was commanding as the scary-powerful queen of the Wilis.”
- Winnipeg Free Press, 2012
“Jo-Ann Sundermeier is perfect as his Mother; she's a light-footed dominatrix with an impeccable sense of restraint.” - Robert Enright, CBC, 2011
“Jo-Ann Sundermeier was an absolute joy as the adult Clara – radiant, expressive and elegant, as a 12-year-old’s dream version of herself ought to be.”
- Winnipeg Free Press, 2010
“Jo-Ann Sundermeier sparkles in technique and stage presence” - Winnipeg Free Press, 2010
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