Dominique Dumais is graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada (NBS) under the artistic direction of Betty Oliphant where she trained with Jean Geddis, Sergiu Stefanschi, Olga Evreinoff and others.
A year after graduating from NBS, Dominique joined the National Ballet of Canada (NBC) as an apprentice before being asked by Erik Bruhn to join the company. She danced classical as well as contemporary repertoire from Rudolph Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty to creating roles in William Forsythe’s the second detail created for the NBC and James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons.
Dominique created her first works for NBC choreographic workshops and then, outside the company, for Dances for a Small Stage and fFIDA (fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists). The first of Dumais’ works taken into the NBC repertoire was a commission from Karen Kain, a pas de deux premiered by Kain and Robert Conn called Tides of Mind.
Dominique is in demand as a choreographer of deeply emotional works whose non-classical vocabulary features angular movement and sculptural images.
As a choreographer, Dominique has produced over 40 original works for the National Ballet of Canada, Het National Ballet in Amsterdam, Ballet British Columbia, the Alberta Ballet, the Komische Oper Berlin, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Mannheim Ballet, for whom she created her first full-length piece, Collective Sonatas.
Dominique was artistic associate and in-house choreographer with Germany’s Mannheim Ballet for 12 years and is currently head of dance at the Würzburg theatre.