South African dancer Iohna Loots is a former Soloist with The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Cape Town City Ballet in 1995, returning to join the Company in 1999 as an Artist. She was promoted to First Artist in 2003 and Soloist in 2007, and retired in 2014.
Loots was born in Johannesburg and began taking ballet lessons aged four while living in Düsseldorf, continuing her training when her family returned to Johannesburg. With the encouragement of her teacher Lynne Fouché she entered the Prix de Lausanne aged 15 and won a scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School. While a student she created the Young Girl in Will Tuckett’s 1812 Overture for the Tchaikovsky Winter Gala in 1993, broadcast across Europe, and at the School’s 1994 annual performance created the role of lead girl in Christopher Wheeldon’s Schubertiade. On graduating she returned home for six months before joining Cape Town Ballet. Her repertory there included Micaëla (Veronica Paeper's Carmen) and the lead in Choo San Goh’s Configurations.
Loots's roles with The Royal Ballet included Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Effie (La Sylphide), Vera (A Month in the Country), Pépé (A Wedding Bouquet), Dora Penny (Enigma Variations) and Hunca Munca (Tales of Beatrix Potter). She created roles in Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows (Linbury Studio Theatre) and Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesse.
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Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf and Iohna Loots as Princess Stephanie in Mayerling © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009
Iohna Loots as Clara in The Nutcracker © ROH / Johan Persson, 2010
Iohna Loots as Clara and artists of The Royal Ballet in the Chinese dance, The Nutcracker, ©Johan Persson/ROH 2010
Iohna Loots and Paul Kay in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Iohna Loots, Kenta Kura and Emma Maguire in the pas de trios in Swan Lake, Act I © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Paul Kay, Iohna Loots and artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2010
Iohna Loots and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009
Iohna Loots in A Wedding Bouquet, The Royal Ballet, 2004 © Johan Persson