Pompano Beach, Florida
Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida, Jo-Ann Sundermeier began ballet lessons with Liana Navarro in Miami, Florida before joining Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division. She became an Apprentice with the Company in 2003, and in 2012 she was promoted to Principal Dancer.
Her repertoire includes numerous lead roles including Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle (Giselle), Myrta (Giselle), Clara (Nutcracker), Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) and Fairy Godmother (Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story). Some roles created on Sundermeier include La Goulue (Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet) and Mother (Svengali).
Sundermeier is a founding member of Q Dance. In fall of 2009, she was selected by acclaimed choreographer Peter Quanz to attend “Works and Process” at the prestigious Guggenheim Museum in New York City, to perform a contemporary ballet called In Tandem, in collaboration with Steve Reich.
Sundermeier’s image was the face of the 80th anniversary of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Summer Festival. She has performed as part of the Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad, and was also featured alongside fellow Company dancers on a Canadian minted coin commemorating the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 75th anniversary.
In 2013, she left the RWB to join Smuin Ballet in San Francisco, California. She danced original works by Tony Award winner Michael Smuin including Romeo & Juliet and Carmina Burana, and also performed various repertoire including Helen Pickett’s Petal and Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange Land. Sundermeier returned to the RWB in August 2015.
Header photo: Rejean Brandt
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School's Professional Division
Gemini Award for 'Best Performance in a Performing Arts Series' - The Tale of the Magic Flute 2006
Youth America Grand Prix finalist 2002
Prince Edward Award 2001