Vilia Putrius was born in Lithuania and received her ballet training at M.K. Curlionis Arts School. In 1995, following graduation, she joined the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre where she was a soloist for five years. With the company she toured in The Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, France, Egypt, Japan and The United States. In 1998 Ms. Putrius received the Promising Young Dancer Scholarship from The Ministry of Culture of Lithuania. In 2001, she joined Ballet Arlington in Texas as a principal dancer, she performed there for three years before joining Boston Ballet in 2004. She then joined Festival Ballet Providence in 2006 and danced there as a principal dancer for 11 seasons.
Her roles include Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle in Giselle,Terpsichore in Apollo, Cinderella in Cinderella, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, along with principal roles in Allegro Brillante, Donizetti Variations, Paquita, Les Sylphides and many contemporary ballets.
Ms. Putrius worked with choreographers such as Lorka Miasin, Paul Mejia, Jorma Elo, Lucinda Childs, Krzysztof Pastor, Viktor Plotnikov, Winthrop Corey and Ilya Kozadayev.
She started teaching ballet and character classes in 2002, since then she worked at many summer dance programs as a guest teacher, including programs at Boston Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence and Neglia Conservatory of Ballet. In addition, Ms. Putrius choreographed several contemporary works for YAGP and for Festival Ballet’s “Up Close on Hope” performance series.