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.