Artistic Director

Minou HeadshotMinou Lallemand was born in Colombia and grew up in New York City. She trained at the Neubert Ballet Institute and graduated from the New York High School of the Performing Arts while on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School. During her performing career she danced principal and soloist roles with companies such as Ballet Arizona, Garden State Ballet, Princeton Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Ballet Hawaii. She toured nationally with The Phantom of the Opera and was a cast member of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City. Minou has created works for Ballet Arizona, New Choreographer’s on Point Workshop, Tau Dance Theatre, Queen Emma Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, The Youth America Grand Prix Competition, The Three Phantoms in Concert, The Virginia School of the Arts, ArtSpree at The Contemporary Art Museum, Arts at Mark’s Garage, First Friday at The Hawaii State Art Museum, The Latin Choreographers Festival in NYC, and Hawaii Opera Theatre. She was also selected to participate in Regional Dance America’s Craft of Choreography Conference. Minou is the artistic director and founder of the Onium Ballet Project, which has regularly collaborated with Chamber Music Hawaii, creating new original ballets to Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histioire du Soldat, Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, Darius Milhaud’s Creation of the World, Paul Hindemith’s Der Damon, Bohuslav Martinu’s La Revue de Cuisine, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Sergei Prokofiev’s Trapeze, Miguel del Aguila’s Clocks and most recently Arvo Part’s Fratres for String Quartet, Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina, and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas.  Minou is also the artistic director of Queen Emma Ballet and teaches at the University of Hawaii and Nix Performing Arts Center.