Headshot of Vanesa G. R. Montoya © Michael Slobodian

Vanesa G. R. Montoya

Last updated: October 26, 2021

Born in Spain, Vanesa G. R. Montoya joined Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in 2006 and became the company’s first Black Principal Dancer in 2018.

Ms.Montoya has performed as a soloist dancer in several ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Rubies, The Firebird, The Four Seasons, Roméo et Juliette, The Rite of Spring, Rassemblement, Le regard d’Orphée, Leonce and Lena, Cantata, The Queen of Spades, The Little Prince, Duende, Coming Together, Arenal, L'Amoroso, Jardí Tancat, Six Dances, Forgotten Land, Bella Figura, Symphony of Psalms, Polyphonia, Arbos, Danz, Minus One, Searching for Home, Dream Away, RE-,II, Frisking, Ondine, Désert d'amour, Dance, Chamber Suite, Episodes, Noces, among others. Her repertoire also includes ballets from world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jiří Kylián and Christopher Wheeldon.

Ms.Montoya was an Honourable Mention (Torrelavega) at the 2002 Prix de la Fondation Princesse Grace, Monaco Dance Forum.

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