L’École supérieure pays tribute to Mr.Daniel Seillier, illustrious ballet master who profoundly marked the school but also the rest of the dance world. During a special event held on October 14, 2011, the Balanchine studio was renamed Studio Seillier.

L’École supérieure pays tribute to Mr.Daniel Seillier, illustrious ballet master who profoundly marked the school but also the rest of the dance world. During a special event held on October 14, 2011, the Balanchine studio was renamed Studio Seillier.

L’École supérieure strives to acknowledge the excellent work done in the past and continues to pass on this recognition to its students. “ By preserving our rich heritage, we build a future inspired by the great masters of our history who are simply indispensable to our students and our school”, Anik Bissonnette states.

Daniel Seillier, often referred to as the master of all masters, is an eminent pedagogue who has inspired countless dancers throughout his remarkable teaching career in Canada and abroad. Mr. Seillier’s lifetime achievement and extraordinary contribution to both Canadian and Québécois society was rewarded in 1993, when at the demand of his innumerable students he became a member of the Order of Canada, one of the highest honourable distinctions in Canada.

Daniel Seillier

Graduated from the l’École de la Danse de l’Opéra de Paris, Mr. Seillier joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1942. He joined the Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in 1951 and founded the National Ballet of Portugal in 1961. Only two years later, he was invited by Ludmilla Chiriaeff to join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (GBCM) as a ballet master. Shortly thereafter he left GBCM to dedicate his teaching to the students of the National Ballet School of Canada. In 1980, Mr. Seillier returned to Montréal to teach ballet to the countless students of l’École Supérieure for nearly 20 more years. At the age of 82 (2008), he ended an exceedingly notable career, and retired from the Conservatoire de danse de Montréal, establishment he founded with his son.

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