Jourdain was born in Schiltigheim, France and trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School in France. Ms. Jourdain
danced with Paris Opéra Ballet before joining The National Ballet of Canada’s
Corps de Ballet in 2002.
Jourdain’s repertoire includes Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Baba in The
Nutcracker, Gertrude in Hamlet, Hungarian
Princess in Swan Lake and Lady
Montague in Romeo and Juliet. Her repertoire also includes roles
in Cinderella, Onegin,
Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, An Italian Straw Hat, Le Spectre de La Rose, Carmen,
The Four Temperaments, Jewels, Serenade,Theme and
Variations, Nijinsky, The Four Seasons, Emergence and the second detail. Recently, Ms. Jourdain debuted in the world
premiere of ...black night’s bright
day... choreographed by James Kudelka.
Ms. Jourdain was
awarded the David Tory Award in 2009 and won the
William Marrié Award for Dramatic Achievement in 2007
for her role as Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty.
She was a finalist at the Varna Ballet Competition and won the Couple Prize at
the Paris Dance Competition in 2000.
The Sleeping Beauty
“Lise-Marie Jourdain, fleet of feet and
warmed by a beatific smile, was a lissome Lilac Fairy.”
The Hamilton Spectator, 2012
“The magical Lise-Marie Jourdain positively
floated in the off-pointe role of the Lilac Fairy.”
Globe and Mail,
"Kudos also to Lise-Marie Jourdain, who in
her brief solo as Carmen’s adversary put the bitch back in blond, proving that
the fair-haired can fight with the best of them."
Ballet Dance Magazine, 2009