Jourdain was born in Schiltigheim, France and trained with the Paris Opéra Ballet School. She joined Paris Opéra
Ballet in 1995 before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the
Corps de Ballet in 2002.
Jourdain’s repertoire includes the role of the 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. She has also danced 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, The Four Seasons, Emergence and the second detail. Recently, Ms.
Jourdain danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky
by John Neumeier.
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 the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty.
She was a finalist at the Varna Ballet Competition in 2000 and won the Couple
Prize at the Paris Dance Competition.
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