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Claude Caron

Artistic Director

M. Caron has spent forty 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. He was a principal dancer with les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal from 1989 to 1991, and also performed in Ballet Ouest de Montréal’s Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.

He taught for seven years at l’École supérieure de danse du Québec. During this period, he obtained a certificate in the teaching of classical dance from France (DE).  At the same time he worked as ballet master for le Jeune Ballet du Québec.

In 2010, M. Caron became Artistic Director of Ballet Ouest de Montréal and the School of Ballet Ouest de Montréal. 

Elaina Colbeck

Executive Director​

Born and raised in Montreal, Ms. Colbeck trained in dance throughout her childhood and young adulthood, acting as a performer, teacher and choreographer for various organizations. A graduate of McGill University, she started her career in the tourism and travel industry and subsequently worked in the field of business administration, strategy and finance for both local and international companies.

She joined Ballet Ouest de Montréal in 2007 and throughout the years has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of both the Company and the School, taking on the role of Executive Director in 2010. 

Ms. Colbeck’s years at Ballet Ouest have proved to be a rewarding confluence between her education, her professional experience, and her love of dance. 

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