Tjaša Kmetec became a member of the SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana (Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana) as soon as she graduated from the Ljubljana Secondary Music and Ballet School in 1995. In 2001 she was promoted to demi-soloist, in 2005 to soloist and in 2015 to distinguished soloist.
While still a student and also later, during her active ballet carrier, she perfected her technique in summer dance schools in New York, Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, Marais Ballet School in Paris as well as in summer dance schools in Austria.
She took part in three Young Slovenian Ballet Dancers Competitions, where she won two Silver Medals - in the second competition, held in Maribor, in 1995 and in the third competition, held in Ljubljana in 1997.
She has so far danced in the following ballet performances: Doctor Zhivago (Lara), La Sylphide (The Sylph), Swan Lake (Odette, Russian Girl, Pas de six, Pas de trois), Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes), Tristan and Isolde (Isolde), The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora), Coppélia on Montmartre (Swanhilda), The Nutcracker (Clara, Solo Waltz Couple, Chinese Dance), Giselle (Myrtha), La Bayadère (Gamzati, Solo Shades), Stravinsky – A Ballet Evening (Apollo - Terpsichore), Mozart vs. Schumann (Mozart – Solo Couple, Schumann - Solo Couple), Serenade (Serenade – Waltz Solo Couple), Concerto Barocco (Second Violin), Tango for Rachmaninov (5 Tangos – Solo Couple), Under the Stars – Sinatra Suite, Wonderful World … (Solo Couple), Cinderella (Genoveva, Spring Fairy), Who's the Strongest? (Miss Mouse), Swan Lake – this time … after Prešeren (Ana Jelovšek), Yin & Yang (She is Missing – Solo), Love Stories … (La vie en rose, Satie and I), Duality (Solo and Pas de Deux), Classics and Tango (Chopiniana), Veronika Decides …, Urbanobalet, Ballet Gala Concert DBUS (Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia) (Raymonda), Visibleinvisible (Miniatures), Heartmeat/Cacti and Architecture of Silence …
In 2009 she received the Lydia Wisiak Award for her two roles in the ballet evening Mozart vs. Schumann.
She has danced with a number of renowned dance soloists, appearing in the SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana productions as guest performers: Matthew Golding (La Bayadére), Anton Bogov (Don Quixote), Tomislav Petranović (Don Quixote), Bernard Courtot de Bouteiller (Serenade), Antonino Sutera (Don Quixote).
She has participated in a Gala Concert at the Ballet Fest Sarajevo 2016.
Last updated in January 2017