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A native of Montréal, Québec, Etienne Lavigne trained at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, San Francisco Ballet School and National Ballet of Cuba. A dancer known for his versatility and brilliant partnering skills, he joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997 where he rose through the ranks and was promoted to First Soloist in 2007.
Mr. Lavigne has worked closely with such noted choreographers as Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Jean-Pierre Perreault and Crystal Pite.
Mr. Lavigne’s repertoire with the National Ballet of Canada includes principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Onegin, Don Quixote, The Taming of the Shrew, An Italian Straw Hat, The Merry Widow, The Firebird, Madame Butterfly, The Nutcracker, Song of the Earth, Glass Pieces and Symphony in C.
As a guest artist, Mr. Lavigne has danced Prince Desirée in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, the lead man in Paquita, Colas in La Fille Mal Gardée and the Prince in Cinderella and The Nutcracker.
His film credits include A Dancer’s Story-50 Years of The National Ballet of Canada (dancing The Snow Trio from The Nutcracker), The Firebird and the Bravo! TV docudrama Nureyev, portraying the role of Erik Bruhn.
In 2009, Mr. Lavigne was awarded the David Tory Award.