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Jacqueline Lemieux Prize

Current winner of Jacqueline Lemieux Prize: Dana Michel

Dana Michel

Photographer(s): Richmond Lam

Current Winner

Dana Michel

Dana Michel is a live artist. Before graduating from the BFA program in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Dana was a marketing executive, a competitive runner and football player. In 2014, she was awarded the ImPulsTanz Award (Vienna) in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments. In 2017, Dana was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she became the first dance artist in residence at the National Arts Centre, Canada. In 2019, she was awarded the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (Kuopio, Finland). Michel grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and now lives in Montréal, Quebec.

What is this prize?

The Jacqueline Lemieux Prize recognizes the work of an established dance professional who has made an outstanding contribution to dance in Canada.

Who created this prize?

This prize, which was established in 1980, is given in memory of Jacqueline Lemieux's profound contribution to the development of dance in Canada. Co-founded with her husband, Lawrence Gradus, of the Montreal dance company Entre-Six and of Québec Été Danse, a summer school in Lennoxville, Jacqueline Lemieux was a teacher, administrator and member of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Advisory Panel.

How to qualify

You do not apply for this prize. Applicants to some grant programs are eligible and will be considered for prizes. Visit Grants | The Canada Council for the Arts to learn more about our granting programs.

Additional information

Annual competition

Prize amount


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Cumulative list of winners

The Canada Council is committed to equity in all its activities, including the administration of prizes and awards.


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