Ballet Coppelia was founded by Christine Paulino in 2007 and was the recipient of several government and private grants, among which the Jeunes Promoteurs Program, the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse and the Défi de l’entrepreneuriat au féminin 2008.
Christine Paulino has been dancing since the age of five and has been teaching actively for the past twenty years. She received her training at l’École de ballet Anjou, and in parallel perfected her technique through the Conservatoire de danse de Montréal. More recently she performed with the Leonardo Project of Concordia University, a research centre for advanced performance studies.
Mrs. Paulino’s keen interest in working with children developed at a young age: at sixteen she started teaching dance workshops in day camps and summer camps. She became an assistant and later a teacher at l’École de ballet Anjou and at Les ballets Renée Tremblay and also taught extra-curricular dance for the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’île. All in all, she has been teaching classical ballet and jazz to youth and adults for over twenty years.
Mrs. Paulino holds a Law degree (LL. B.) and a Masters degree in Communication Studies from Université de Montréal. In her thesis, Ms. Paulino examined the impact of new technologies on youth, focusing namely on their behaviour toward the Internet and television. For her research, she worked closely with children and familiarised herself extensively with the literature regarding child psychology. She still offers consulting services to production companies for youth programs, in addition to working as a freelance journalist and translator.