Guillaume Côté

Principal Dancer

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Quick Facts

Born: Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec
Trained: Canada's National Ballet School
Joined: 1998
Principal Dancer since: 2004
Choreographic Associate since: 2013


Five Things to Know

  1. 1A man of many talents, Guillaume is a trained musician and composer. He was appointed Choreographic Associate at the National Ballet in 2013.
  2. 2Guillaume has danced Prince Siegfried in 11 versions of Swan Lake with 17 different dancers performing the role of Odette/Odile.
  3. 3Guillaume’s middle name is Jasmin.
  4. 4A film buff, Guillaume loves to watch movies when he is not on stage and can proudly recite the entire movie Wedding Crashers word for word.
  5. 5Since 2014, Guillaume has been Artistic Director of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, the largest regional dance presenter in Canada. The festival supports and inspires artists from Canada and internationally with eclectic and original programming.


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1Nijinsky
  2. 2Romeo and Juliet (Alexei Ratmansky)
  3. 3Manon
  4. 4Swan Lake
  5. 5Petite Mort






Romeo and Juliet
"One of the finest male dancers in the world"
— The London Times 

"Maturing into a deeper, richer artist, glorious Guillaume sets a new standard at the National for classical male elegance… Côté is a technically brilliant young dancer and in Apollo… he radiates confidence and charisma without ever seeming to show off."
— The Hamilton Spectator

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"Côté, an elegant and often understated dancer, makes the perfect partner. He has matured in recent years and can now convincingly play either impulsive adolescent or grim world-weariness."
— The OC Register


Best International Short Film for Lulu at the 2020 Milan International Film Festival Awards

La médaille de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec for excellence in the arts (2012)

Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize for Enkeli (2012)

Third prize at Ballet Society Hanover’s 25th International Competition for No. 24 (2011)

Gemini Award (2007) and the Galileo 2000 A Life for Music Prize (2008) for Moving to His Music: The Two Muses of Guillaume Côté

Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec for his significant contribution to the arts in Québec (2020)

Other Projects

Artistic Director of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur

Co-founder of Anymotion Productions