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Laetitia Clement

Ballet, Pointe

Originally from France, Mrs Laetitia Clément graduated with Honors from l'Ecole Supérieur de Danse du Québec, where she studied under the guidance of Mr. Daniel Seillier from the Paris Opera Ballet.

At the age of 18, she  joined Les Grands Ballets Canadians as an apprentice. She then danced as a guest artist with the National Ballet of Maryland and at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Soon thereafter, Ms. Clement joined the Alberta Ballet in Calgary, first under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen and subsequently under the artistic direction of Jean Grand Maître.

Ms. Clement soon was promoted to soloist and then to principal dancer in 2001.

Ms. Clement's repertoire includes many works from Georges Balanchine such as Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Four Temperaments and Who Cares as well as classics such as the Nutcraker, A Midsummer Night’s dream and Sleeping Beauty.

Mrs Clement favourite roles include the title roles in Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, Emilia in Othello, The Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum in the Nutcracker, Michaela in Carmen and The Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. She was part of the original cast of nationally acclaimed contemporary works such as The Fiddle and the Drum or Love Lives Bleeding from famous Canadian choreographer and artistic director Jean-Grand Maître.

Ms. Clement has performed and toured extensively in France, China, Japan, USA and Canada . Her final performance took place  in Vancouver  while dancing in the Opening Ceremony of  the 2010 Olympique Winter Games.

After 15 years as a professional ballerina, Mrs Clement retired from the stage to be more dedicated to her family. She also brings 16 years of teaching experience as she's always kept teaching while performing.

Soon after leaving the stage, Mrs Clement was invited to teach in the Professional Division of the School of Alberta Ballet, under the artistic direction of Mr. and Mrs. Kilgour, senior pedagogues from the Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. Mrs Clement is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Certified Teacher (Levels 1 to 8) and holds her Intermediate and Advanced Cecchetti diplomas (with Honors).

She owns the  International Dance Teacher Associate  Ballet qualifications (IDTA) and she is a Mutually Recognized Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is also part of the Dance Faculty at George Brown College, and a company teacher for the Ballet Jorgen of Canada.

Mrs Clement is known to bring the best out of her students in a joyful, inspiring and positive manner.