Hervé Courtain received his formal dance training at the Paris Opera Ballet dance school after which he joined the famous company and was named, at the age of 23, sujet soliste.
There, he danced various soloist and principal roles and a varied repertoire from some of the greatest choreographers: Rudolf Noureev, Pierre Lacotte, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek,John Neumeier.
In 2000, he received the prize of the Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opéra de Paris (AROP). Then, in 2001, he danced for a year as a soloist at Boston Ballet. The following year he received his state diploma for dance instruction from Elisabeth Platel, Director of the Paris Opera Ballet dance school.
He then joined in 2004 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens under the artistic direction of Gradimir Pankov and was named First Soloist the following year. His repertoire broadened once again with new collaborations in principal roles with, notably, Ohad Naharin, Marco Goecke, Christian Spuck, Stjn Celis, Kim Brandstrup, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Peter Quanz, Ken Ossola, Jirí Kylián and many others.
In 2017, he is entrusted with new responsabilities as a ballet master and guest professor with the company and abroad, notably for the Stockholm Opera, Dresden Opera, Roma Opera and the National Ballet of Canada.
In July 2019, he took his last bow onstage as a dancer and was officially named by Ivan Cavallari as ballet master for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.