Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School


What is your full name?

My name is Philippe-Alexandre Jacques. Je suis bilingue. Le français est ma langue maternelle.

How old are you?

I am twenty years old

Where are you from?

I am from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

How long have you been dancing?

I have been dancing (tap, jazz, and ballet) since the age of ten. I started ballet professionally at the age of seventeen

Why did you start dancing? /Why did you choose ballet?

I started dancing because it was a mandatory class at school. Having really enjoyed the class, I pursued it further at a studio where I took classes in tap, jazz, ballet and occasionally hip-hop. I chose to study ballet specifically after attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School's Summer Program at seventeen and being accepted into their professional program. Such training seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Philippe-Alexandre Jacques: A Look Inside

What is your favourite barre exercise?

My favourite barre exercise is Adage.

What is your favourite song/music to warm up to?

Boom Boom Boom Boom by The Vengaboys can always get me going in the morning.

What is your favourite ballet?

Swan Lake is my favourite ballet. The music is some of my favourite.

What is your dream ballet role?

Ali in Le Corsaire.

What is your favourite food?

Pizza is my favourite food, especially Hawaiian pizza.

Who is your role model?

Twyla Tharp is one of my role models. “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits.” (The Creative Habit)

Who is your favourite choreographer?

Crystal Pite is one of my favourite choreographers. I believe her work is conceptually brilliant as well as esthetically pleasing.

Approximately how many leotards have you worn over the years?

I am unsure…

Finish this sentence.  “If I wasn’t a ballet dancer,  I’d be a….”

If I was not a ballet dancer, I’d be a neuroscientist or a teacher.

Finish this sentence. “To dance is to…”

To dance is to celebrate youth, health, and life.

What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?

People might be surprised to know that I am an avid fan of hip-hop dance.

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