- Tucson, Arizona
- Ballet Arts Tucson
School of American Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
Pacific Northwest Ballet
- Company Membership
Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015
Promoted to soloist in 2017
Jahna Frantziskonis created roles in Bubeníček’s Fragile Vessels, King’s The Collective Agreement (principal couple), Liang’s The Infinite Ocean, Lopez Ochoa’s Guernica (soloist couples), Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings, and Thatcher’s Otherness (soloist). She has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Ballerina Doll, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Spanish), The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Playfulness, Pas de Six/Sapphire Fairy, and White Cat), and Swan Lake (Act 1 pas de trois, Cygnets, and Neapolitan); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Swanilda’s Friends, Brides, Prayer, and Jesterettes) and Theme and Variations (soloist); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (“Hedda Gabler”); Cranko’s Onegin (Olga); Scarlett’s Frankenstein (Justine Moritz) and Fearful Symmetries (principal); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Stepsister Edwina and Spirit of Spring/Lightness) and Rush (1st movement soloists). Her repertory includes Balanchine’s Rubies, Serenade, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto; Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; and Tomasson’s Giselle, Haffner Symphony, and Prism.
Elsewhere, Jahna danced Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Boal’s Giselle; Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty; Maillot’s Romeo and Juliet; Ratmansky’s Don Quixote (Cupid); Stowell’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake (Cygnets); Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Jewels, and Serenade; Bartee’s arms that work; Cerrudo’s Memory Glow (principal); Duato’s Rassemblement; Forsythe’s New Suite and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort; and Stroman’s Take Five…More or Less. She created featured roles in Peck’s Debonair and Tharp’s Waiting at the Station.
As a guest artist, Jahna danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker at Makaroff Youth Ballet in Appleton, Wisconsin, in December 2014.
What's your favorite costume? Why?
Anything by Mark Zappone. He understands what is visually appealing and gives equal importance to the comfort of the dancer. He has a keen eye for detail and a versatility like no other.
What can always make you laugh?
The movie My Cousin Vinny.
I love San Francisco because...
Who doesn't love good food, beautiful views, and people dressed in sparkly rainbow vests?