Jourdain trained with the Paris
School and in 1995, she
joined the Paris Opéra Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Ms. Jourdain
joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2002.
Jourdain danced the role of Gertrude in the North American premiere of Hamlet by Kevin O’Day. She also
performed in the North American premiere of Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon and the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky.
Jourdain’s repertoire includes The
Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Onegin, Don Quixote, An Italian Straw Hat, Le Spectre de La Rose, The Four Temperaments, Jewels, Serenade,Theme and
Variations, Emergence and the second
In 2009, Ms. Jourdain was
awarded the David Tory Awardand she was a
finalist at the Varna Ballet Competition in 2000 and won the Couple Prize at
the Paris Dance Competition. Ms. Jourdain won the William
Marrié Award for Dramatic Achievement in 2007 for her role as the Lilac Fairy
in The Sleeping Beauty.
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-point 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