L’École supérieure's professional ballet dance program focuses on young talents who show a great potential for success.
Joining our school is a unique opportunity to:
▶ Receive world-class dance training
▶ Learn from renowned teachers (and with accompanying pianists!)
▶ Access to one of the top 5 high schools in Quebec
▶ Get a chance to dance The Nutcracker with Les Grands Ballets (on audition)
▶ Receive a global health program in nutrition, performance coaching, etc.
▶ Access to excellence scholarships and financial aid
▶ Launch a national and international career
The École supérieure is proud to be affiliated with Les Grands Ballets.
The audition is the first essential step in the process of entering this high-level training program and allows each young person to demonstrate his or her aptitudes, skills and motivations. Candidates must meet the artistic, physical and psychological criteria specific to dance. The recruitment jury evaluates ballet technique, in addition to coordination, flexibility, musicality, expressiveness and, most importantly, interest in a career in dance.
Youth 11 years and older (high school or college students in 2024-2025 who want to enter the Intermediate, Advanced or Superior cycles) must send a video presentation to apply for the École supérieure's auditions.
Deadline to complete the application FORM and send your video: January 22th, 2024.
Send us your video as soon as possible to maximize your chances of getting into our school in 2024-2025!
More information below (duration, positions, etc.).
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Auditions for the 2024-2025 year will be held on Sunday, January 28th, 2024, at the École supérieure.
• Ages 11 and up (secondary or college students in 2024-2025): REGISTRATION FORM + video shortlisting.
• For younger children (grade 5 or grade 6 students in 2024-2025, who want to join the Junior cycle) : registration by FORM only.
Candidates attend a ballet class according to their level and execute the exercises to the best of their ability. No late arrivals are permitted. Parents cannot attend the class. Results will be communicated later by email.
Location : École supérieure de ballet du Québec
4816 Rivard, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 2N6
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Candidates from outside Quebec and abroad can audition by video. However, it is always preferable to audition in person.
Summer Intensive enables students to experience the daily training at the École supérieure. The schedule, according to the cycle, includes ballet, pointe, character or contemporary dance classes. Different repertoires are explored such as classical or neoclassical, as well as health workshop.
This period is mandatory to all students entering the Junior (level 6), Intermediate, Advanced or Superior cycles in 2024-2025.
2 mandatory weeks (full days): July 1st to July 12, 2024
Intermediate, Advanced and Superior Cycles (Secondary to college)
5 mandatory weeks: July 1st to August 2, 2024
Only accepted candidates following the auditions are invited to participate in our Summer Intensives.
Prerequisites for all auditions
- a portrait
- a full-length photo and, if necessary, a video (details below)
Credit card or electronic check
8 to 11 years old
ARMS TO THE SIDE (facing front)
12 to 14 years old
TENDU À LA SECONDE (facing front)
15 to 19 years old
PREMIÈRE ARABESQUE (profile)
- Dance leotard
- Pink tights
- Ballet slippers and/or pointe shoes
- Hair bun
- White T-shirt
- Black shorts or tights
- Demi-pointe shoes
- Tied hair if needed
Latecomers will not be admitted. The candidate takes part in a ballet class according to his level and performs the exercises at his best. Parents cannot attend the audition. The results are communicated later by email.
The audition video should last a maximum of 20 minutes. It must be filmed with the camera at body height and must include the following:
Simply stand, facing the camera, arms relaxed along the body.
As previously, but stand sideways to the camera.
Sitting on the ground, sideways to the camera, extend the legs and point both feet.
Sitting on the ground, sideways to the camera, extend the legs in front of the body and flex feet. The heels can lift off the ground.
Lying on the ground, on the back, put the legs in a demi plié position (the frog). Try not to arch the back. Repeat the same position while lying on the stomach.
Lying on the stomach, place both hands underneath the shoulders and push up with the arms only. The hips must touch the ground.
Sitting on the ground, sideways to the camera, with legs extended in front, lean forward and if possible, touch the feet while keeping the legs straight.
- Exercices at the barre: pliés, tendus, grands battements, etc.
- Musicality and coordination: frolic in a circle or in diagonal on a musical accompaniment.
- Artistry: perform a short choreography.
Perform a short ballet class including these elements:
- Barre (one side only)
- Centre: tendus, adage, pirouettes and jumps (small, medium and big allegro)*
*Girls add one pointe centre exercise (preferably a pirouette exercise) and one variation, depending on the level.
Janie Richard's advice for auditions (In French). Graduate Janie Richard, who won the Revolution television competition, talks about the benefits of her training at the École supérieure. She also gives her advice on preparing for an audition.