Executive Director

Photo : Jean-Laurent Ratel

Alain Dancyger

Executive Director

A native of Limoges, France, Alain Dancyger studied violin at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 1977 to 1978. He then completed his Master's Degree in Music with Maestros Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and graduated in 1984. In 1987, he obtained a Master's Degree in Business Administration from École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (E.S.S.E.C) in Paris.

Before joining Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Alain Dancyger was a founding member of Viri Duo and Iris Trio. With the Jeunesses Musicales of Yugoslavia, he toured extensively across Yugoslavia, France, Belgium and the United States. He also participated in various summer festivals and performed on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Alain Dancyger held different management and marketing positions in Paris and in New York. In 1987 and 1988, he was acting Internal Consultant for Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (S.N.C.F) in Paris and from 1988 to 1991, he was invited by the company Frenchrail, a subsidiary of the S.N.C.F. in New York, to establish a sales and marketing department for the North American market. He relocated to Montreal in 1991 to work as Assistant Director at Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts. He was promoted to Director in 1993 and held that position until August 1996, when he was appointed Executive Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

Applying his expertise in marketing, fundraising and arts management, Alain Dancyger has enhanced the strategic vision of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and has positively influenced the development of the arts in Montreal more generally. Since 1998, he has sat on the Regroupement Québécois de la Danse board, as well as on the Canadian Arts Summit, the DIA/DSA Advisory Board of Concordia University, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre Museum "Wise Committee", and the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) Advocacy Committee, He was also elected Chair of the CDA Ballet Companies Standing Council (2009-2012) and is a regular guest lecturer in the HEC Arts Manager Program.