It is the role of those who teach to believe in, stimulate and unleash the infinite potential that lies dormant in every student.
American-born Andrea Boardman was trained at the National Academy of Arts. Soon thereafter, she moved to New York, where she quickly made a name for herself as a member of the American Ballet Theater II.
Ms. Boardman went to join the Grands Ballets Canadiens, where she served as prima ballerina for 16 years. In 21 years with the Grands Ballets Canadiens, Andrea Boardman performed more than 75 works, from romantic classics such as Giselle and La Sylphide to modern and contemporary choreographies. In particular, she performed repertoire by Bournonville, Petipa, Diaghilev, Fokine, Limon, Balanchine and Tudor. She also appeared in ballets by Fernand Nault, Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Mark Morris. “The sensitivity Andrea brings to each of her performances has made her a muse for choreographers and confirmed her reputation as an acclaimed artist on all of the world’s stages,” wrote critic Anne-Marie Lecomte in the daily La Presse, evoking her mythical collaborations with Nacho Duato and James Kudelka.
As a guest artist, Andrea Boardman has performed with the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, the Ballet Jörgen, Montréal Danse and the Ballets Jazz de Montréal. She has also made numerous appearances at the Gala des Étoiles. Her work is broadcast on major Canadian television networks as part of various special programs.
With La La La Human Steps, Andrea Boardman broadened her vocabulary, taking part in international tours and performing in two premieres of works by Édouard Lock, Amelia and Amjad. She also drew attention for her role in the award-winning film Amelia, acclaimed in festivals through the world.
From 2002 to 2005, she sat on the board of the folk dance company, Les Sortilèges, and from 2006 to 2009, she held a seat on the board of the organization Danse Danse.
Andrea Boardman is a sought-after guest professor with several dance companies and teaching institutions, including the following: Northwest Florida Ballet, Vancouver Ballet Society, Festival international Danse Encore, National Circus School, Université du Québec à Montréal, Académie internationale de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget.
Andrea Boardman has taught at l’École supérieure since obtaining her diploma in classical dance instruction in 2012.
- 1980 - 2001 Grands Ballets Canadiens
- 2001 - 2009 La La La Human Steps
"Teaching allows me to share the extensive performing experience I acquired over the years as principal dancer with the Grands Ballets Canadiens, then with La La La Human Steps. However, in order to properly guide my students in their development, I felt that I needed more knowledge in areas such as anatomy, music and psychology. Today, I am better equipped to plan courses and develop exercises suited to the challenges my students face."