Our Team

  • Ballet Ouest de Montreal
     
    BALLET OUEST
    OUR TEAM

Meet our team! With years of experience both in Canada and abroad, our dancers, choreographers, and those behind the scenes make our performances possible!

Direction
Claude Caron - Artistic Director

Claude Caron has spent 35 years in the professional dance milieu. Trained in Montreal, he started his career at the Cleveland Ballet and then joined Alberta Ballet, where he was a principal dancer from 1982 to 1989, dancing the classical and neoclassical repertoire.

As a guest artist in many international events, he stood out for his exceptional partnering ability as well as his performance in character parts. He was a principal dancer with les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal from 1989 to 1991, working with world class choreographers such as Brian McDonald, Brydon Paige, Lar Lubovitch and David Brinkley. He also performed in Ballet Ouest’s Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.

Claude taught for seven years at l’École supérieure de danse du Québec while at the same time working as ballet master for le Jeune Ballet du Québec. He was Ballet Ouest’s Artistic Director for the 2002 tour to Costa Rica.

In 2010, M. Caron became Artistic Director of Ballet Ouest de Montréal and the School of Ballet Ouest de Montréal. He choreographed a brand-new Nutcracker for Ballet Ouest in December 2013, as well as original productions for the School, namely OZ, Alice, PAN and Maleficent. His latest works are Couples, Pinocchio, and Mechanical Waltz. In 2018, M. Caron was invited by Cirque du Soleil to choreograph the piece “Daydreaming” for their production Volta.

Elaina Colbeck

Elaina Colbeck

Administrative Director
Dancers
Janie Richard

Janie Richard

Principal Dancer
François Richard

François Richard

Principal Dancer
Luca Carano

Luca Carano

Principal Dancer
Team
Ora Kozlov

Ora Kozlov

Head Children's Ballet Mistress
Andrea Hutchison

Andrea Hutchison

Children's Ballet Mistress- Montreal
Stéphanie Delmas

Stéphanie Delmas

Children's Ballet Mistress- Montreal
Denise Biggi

Denise Biggi

Company Ballet Mistress
Jean-Hugues Rochette

Jean-Hugues Rochette

Promotions and Touring/Stage Manager
Caroline Rivard

Caroline Rivard

Head of Wardrobe