• Eve-Marie
    Photo: Michael Slobodian
  • As Montréal prepares to receive its first visit in more than 20 years from the Nederlands Dans Theater, in the Netherlands, Ève-Marie Dalcourt, a young dancer trained by L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, is launching her career with the Nederlands Dans Theater 2.

    From L’École supérieure to the Nederlands Dans Theater 2

    A graduate of the professional program at the only francophone institution in North America to provide world-class ballet training, Ève-Marie was the only dancer recruited by the company following an internship at The Hague this past summer.

    For 19-year-old Ève-Marie, this is a dream come true and, for L’École supérieure, it’s the tremendous pride of seeing one of its graduates star on the international stage.

    “I am extremely pleased for Ève-Marie, who is fulfilling her artistic ambitions,” stated Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of L’École supérieure, adding: “At l’École supérieure, she acquired sound classical technique and developed an openness to contemporary proposals, two characteristics shared by performers with the Nederlands Dans Theater. Today, the NDT is a beacon in the world of dance as it showcases the most gifted choreographers and attracts the most talented dancers.”

    During her time at L’École supérieure, Ève-Marie developed a strong base in ballet, performing, among others, the part of Odette in Swan Lake in the school’s last annual show presented in the Pierre-Mercure Hall in May 2016. She also explored contemporary choreographies as a featured performer in original creations.

    Ève-Marie further distinguished herself through the determination, commitment and enthusiasm she brought to school activities. In fact, in 2015, Ève-Marie earned the Danse Danse award for her perseverance.

    photo: Michael Slobodian

  • L’École supérieure has chosen World Ballet Day to launch Manger, danser, se surpasser : Guide de nutrition pour danseurs (Eat, Dance, Excel: Nutrition Guide for Dancers). Developed in collaboration with dietician-nutritionist Catherine Naulleau, this work is an essential tool for dancers as well as all athletes who practice a sport incorporating an aesthetic and artistic component.

    L’École supérieure publishes the first nutrition guide for dancers

    “Eating the right foods at the right time is essential for maintaining a healthy weight as well as the slender figure required to deliver optimal performance,” explained Catherine Naulleau, adding: “The guide has really been designed to not only educate young dancers, but their parents and professors as well. Its usefulness extends well beyond the dance community.”

    “Our goal is to address the importance of a healthy body,” stated Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of l’École supérieure. Providing clear explanations, tips and simple recipes, this guide holds a host of information useful for developing sound eating habits.

    Available in a handy format, the well illustrated Guide de nutrition pour danseurs is for sale at l’École supérieure for $15. For mail order, email us at [email protected].

  • L’École supérieure is proud to announce that Étienne Gagnon-Delorme, a senior in its professional program, is the recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s grant for Dance.

    A Hnatyshyn Foundation’s grant to Étienne Gagnon-Delorme

    This $10,000 grant was awarded by a jury consisting of experts from Canada’s arts community. Established by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, the twenty-fourth Governor-General of Canada, the Hnatyshyn Foundation invests in and supports, at the most fundamental level, “the development of world-class artists of tomorrow.”

    “Étienne is an extremely gifted dancer and we’ve had the pleasure of working with him on the discovery of his many talents,” stated Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec. She went on to add: “This well-deserved grant is the result of several years of passion, sustained effort, and a peerless work ethic. We are delighted that he has been recognized in this way by the Hnatyshyn Foundation.”

    Admitted to l’École supérieure’s professional dance program in 2013, Étienne has distinguished himself as both a performer and a choreographer. Last year, he joined the Grands Ballets Canadiens for the Nutcracker and, this fall, for Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo & Juliet.

  • The Fondation de l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec is delighted to be the recipient of a remarkable donation from Merck Canada Inc. — a work of art entitled Danser la vie by painter Léa Rivière.

    The Fondation receives a remarkable gift from Merck

    “This gift essentially embodies a rapprochement between the Foundation and the business community,” stated Jean-Paul Bellon, Chairman of the Board of L’École supérieure’s foundation, at the unveiling of the work. He went on to add: “It translates the corporation’s sensitivity to the Foundation’s mission, which is to support L’École supérieure in its pursuit of excellence.”

    “We are pleased that the donation of this beautiful piece of art will help support the Fondation de l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec and assist in the development of Quebec’s finest dancers,” said Jennifer Chan, Vice President, Policy and external affairs, Merck Canada Inc.

    The work, a mixed medium on canvas, is a triptych created between 1998 and 2000. Inspired by dance, the three paintings show a woman whose hair recalls the mane of a horse — a subject favoured by Ms. Rivière, who is considered a world leader in the art of painting these animals. “

    “Horses and dance are guides for humans.“

    Léa Rivière, artist

  • L’École supérieure will present a special edition of its annual show Corps de ballet to mark more than a half-century dedicated to fostering excellence and creating emotion. Under the artistic direction of Anik Bissonnette, this large-scale show will see the 125 young dancers in training at L’École supérieure and graduates of the school take the stage.

    An ambitious show with special guests to mark our 50th anniversary

    “To celebrate L’École supérieure’s fiftieth anniversary and my sixth year as artistic director, I wanted to revisit the most beautiful ballets in our repertoire and present works by choreographers I love and admire,” explains Anik Bissonnette. The program will feature Act II of Swan Lake, which will allow audiences to appreciate the mastery of the classical technique shown by the apprentice ballerinas, who train six days a week.

    Maude Sabourin, soloist with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, will mark her return to Montreal specifically to perform a pas de deux by choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, while Sylvain Lafortune, a stalwart with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for several years, will play a unique maestro.

    Andrew Skeels, an increasingly sought-after choreographer on European stages, will present a new version of Jambes sans repos, which was incredibly well-received last year. The program will also include an original work by Robert Glumbek of the Toronto-based company ProArteDanza. Finally, Gioconda Barbuto (Grands Ballets Canadiens, Nederlands Dans Theater) will present a ballet set to music by La Bottine souriante.

    An afternoon with family

    The bubbly Chantal Lamarre (Infoman, Les Dieux de la danse) will host a show geared to the entire family. Lasting just over an hour, the show will be preceded by activities meant to allow children to discover the world of classical dance.

    A can’t-miss show!

    Corps de ballet will be presented on May 26, 27 and 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Un après-midi familial (Afternoon with Family) will be presented on May 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through the Admission network or the Centre Pierre-Péladeau (UQAM) ticket office. To view video excerpts: www.esbq.ca/fr/ecole/videos/

    L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec receives valuable support from the Ministère de la Culture du Québec, Heritage Canada, Québecor (major partner) and Mondor (principal sponsor).

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