Guillaume Côté - Principal Dancer, "Romeo"

Guillaume Côté was born in Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. He studied at Canada's National Ballet School, joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 and became a Principal Dancer in 2004. Côté's repertoire includes the principal roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Onegin, Grand pas Classique, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Diamonds and Rubies from Jewels and Theme and Variations. He has created roles in ballets by James Kudelka, including Ferdinand in An Italian Straw Hat, Prince Charming in Cinderella and Will in The Contract (The Pied Piper). He danced the role of Gene Kelly in Derek Deane's Strictly Gershwin with English National Ballet.

As a guest artist, Côté has danced with Teatro alla Scala, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Mikhailovsky Theatre, The Hamburg Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet and performed in Kings of the Dance, Gala des Étoiles, Stars of the 21st Century, The Vision of Manuel Legris and Roberto Bolle and Friends.

Côté is an accomplished musician and composer. He won a Gemini Award and the Galileo 2000 A Life for Music Prize for Moving to His Music: The Two Muses of Guillaume Côté. He choreographed, composed and danced in Impermanence for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and his work No. 24 won third prize at Ballet Society Hanover's 25th International Competition in 2011.