Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Jennifer Fournier received her training at Canada’s National Ballet School where she graduated in 1985. In 1984 Ms. Fournier joined The National Ballet of Canada Apprentice Programme and in 1986 she joined the company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to Second Soloist in 1990, First Soloist in 1994 and to Principal Dancer in 1997. Ms. Fournier left The National Ballet of Canada in the Spring of 2000 and returned to the company for the Spring season in 2002.
Ms. Fournier’s many lead roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Hanna in The Merry Widow , The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swanilda in Coppélia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Lescaut's Mistress in Manon, Bianca The Taming of the Shrew, the title roles in La Sylphide and The Firebird, Alice Hargreaves in Alice, and the lead role of Eva in The Contract (The Pied Piper). She has danced the Principal roles in many George Balanchine ballets including Diamonds and Rubies in Jewels, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Mozartiana and Episodes.
Ms. Fournier created the roles of Clara in An Italian Straw Hat (2005), a Stepsister in Cinderella (2004), and roles in Dominique Dumais’ the weight of absence (1998), Kudelka’s Pastorale (1990), Glen Tetley's Tagore (1989) John Alleyne’s Have Steps Will Travel (1988) and Blue-Eyed Trek (1988). She has performed the female lead in Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19 / The Dreamer (2005), and danced in the company premieres of Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto (2004) and Polyhymyna in Apollo (1999), a lead role in the company premiere of Michel Fokine’s Petrouchka (2006), as well as in the company premieres of Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto (2004), Kudelka’s A Disembodied Voice (1999) The Fairy’s Kiss (1998) and Cruel World (1996), Natalia Makarova's Paquita (1991), and Glen Tetley’s Daphnis and Chlöe (1988). Ms. Fournier participated in the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the Royal Ballet, dancing in the world premiere of Matjash Mrozewski’s C.V. (2006).
Ms. Fournier has also performed the roles of Summer and Autumn in The Four Seasons, Queen of Wilis in Giselle, Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, and Hermia in The Dream . She has danced featured roles in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, La Ronde, Sphinx, Oracle, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Kudelka’s Terra Firma, Spring Awakening and Musings, Jean Grand-Maitre's Frames of Mind, John Alleyne's Time Out With Lola, Kenneth Macmillan’s Elite Syncopations, Anthony Tudor’s The Last Judgement of Paris, August Bournonville’s Napoli Excerpts and Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadère, Act II.
She has also performed roles in Les Sylphides, Concerto, Dream Dances, Etudes, Concerto for Flute and Harp, The Leaves Are Fading, Concerto Barocco, Song of the Earth, Café Dances, the second detail and Now and Then.
Ms. Fournier performed with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company in New York and Washington D.C., in 2002 and 2003, dancing Balanchine’s Duo Concertante, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo; Movements for Piano and Orchestra, and Slaughter on 10 th Avenue, Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tzigane, Divertimento No. 15, Apollo and Mozartiana. In January 1995, Ms. Fournier toured with The National Ballet's Concert Group to Bermuda.
In 1989 Ms. Fournier represented The National Ballet of Canada at the 2nd International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize.