Victoria Jaiani



Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, Victoria Jaiani began her training at the age of ten at the V. Chabukiani Ballet School in Tbilisi. She continued her studies in New York and in June 2003 was awarded a bronze medal at the New York International Ballet Competition.

Ms.Jaiani joined The Joffrey Ballet in August 2003. Since joining the company, she has danced leading roles in many ballets: Giselle (Giselle), Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella (Cinderella), John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Kitri), Rondald Hynd’s The Merry Widow (Hanna Glawari), Lar Lubovitch’s Othello (Desdemona), and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker.

Ms. Jaiani originated leading pas de deux in Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence and Woven Dreams, James Kudelka’s Pretty BALLET, Yuri Possokhov’s Bells, and Stanton Welch’s Son of Chamber Symphony. Other significant performances include Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel, A Dance and After the Rain, Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange Land and Forgotten Land, Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Jessica Lang’s Crossed, Lar Lubovitch’s …smile with my heart, Gerald Arpino’s Sea Shadow, Birthday Variations, Light Rain, Round of Angels, Reflections, Kettentanz and Viva Vivaldi, Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, Lilac Garden, and as the operetta star in Offenbach in the Underworld.  She danced Terpsichore in George Balanchine’s Apollo, Aria II in Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Square Dance. She has danced Jerome Robbins’ In the Night and the ballerina in The Concert.  Other roles include Alegro Consabor, Creative Force, Laurencia Pas d’Action, Monotones II, Pas Des Deesses (Grahn), Petrouchka, Postcards, Les Presages (Passion), and A Wedding Bouquet.

In 2010, Ms. Jaiani was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine.   Later the same year, she was named “Chicagoan of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune arts critic. In 2012, Today’s Chicago Woman named her one of Chicago’s top women in the arts.

Ms. Jaiani is married to Joffrey dancer Temur Suluashvili.