Belgian-born Steve Coutereel studied at the Royal Academy of Ballet in Antwerp.
At the age of 17, just one year before graduating, Steve Coutereel is offered a contract by The Royal Ballet of Flanders, thus becoming the company’s youngest dancer. Two years later, he leaves Belgium to join the Ballet du Nord, in France, before moving to the United States.
With the San Francisco Ballet, he perfects his Balanchine repertory. With Hubbard Street Dance Chicago he dances works by Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato. Eight years after moving to the United States, he leaves for Canada.
In 2002, Mr. Coutereel joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and was promoted to first soloist a year later. He created roles in such works as Noces and Cinderella by Stijn Celis, a piece he will later recreate for several companies including Introdans (Holland), Semperoper (Germany) and Ballet du Capitole (France). He also collaborated with Mats Ek on his Solo for Two – an impressive 25-minute pas de deux – and Apartement.
A persistent knee injury forced him to bid farewell to the stage. Passionate about languages, he used that time to study translation at the University of McGill. In 2011, driven by his love for dance, he goes back to working in the studios, this time as a teacher at l’École supérieure. In 2013, Gradimir Pankov welcomes him in Les Grands Ballets’ artistic direction team, for the creation of Dream Away.
Since then, he’s worked with the world’s greatest contemporary choreographers, including Stijn Celis, Stephan Thos, Didy Veldman, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin.