Jurgita Dronina. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Jurgita Dronina, Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada was awarded the Order of Merit to Lithuania.

The Order of Merit is presented to Lithuanian citizens and foreign nationals for outstanding services promoting the country, expanding and developing international relationships and for distinguished merits in culture, science, business and other areas.

Ms. Dronina received the Order of Merit, Cross of the Knight, for her illustrious 14-year career in ballet.

The acclaimed artist has been a Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada since 2015.

She is a former Principal Dancer with Royal Swedish Ballet and Dutch National Ballet and is currently also a Principal Dancer with English National Ballet.