Teachers and Staff
The School is currently under the direction of Artistic Director Claude Caron and Executive Director Elaina Colbeck.
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 he 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.
Elaina ColbeckExecutive Director
With their many years of combined teaching and performance experience, our teachers bring their passion for dance and dedication to each class, working with our students to bring out their very best and develop their full potential.
Loes RuizeveldBallet and Contemporary Dance
Stéphanie DelmasBallet and Pre-Ballet
Kimberly McBainContemporary Dance
Elsa HervéCreative Movement
The skilled support staff who ensure that our daily activities run smoothly.