The professional classical dance program at the École supérieure is aimed at young people who have demonstrated potential for élite success in the discipline.
As in other high-level artistic disciplines, candidates are recruited through auditions. They must meet artistic, physical and psychological criteria specific to dance. The recruitment jury, composed of the artistic director and professors from the École supérieure, evaluates the applicant’s coordination, flexibility, musicality, expressiveness and, above all, interest in a career in dance.
An audition is the first essential step for admission to the performance program in the professional division. It gives each candidate an opportunity to demonstrate their talent during a ballet class in the school’s studios, or by video.
Grade 6 to cegep
All applicants 11 years of age or older (grade 6 to cegep) must submit an introduction video.
Only those applicants selected following an audition will participate in the Summer Intensive in July 2022.
Send your video as soon as possible!
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Applicants in grades 2 through 5 (Junior Cycle)
Registrations until April 29th at 5pm.
There will be no on-site registration on audition day. Space is limited.
Applicants attend a ballet class consistent with their level and perform the assigned exercises to the best of their ability. Parents are not allowed to attend. The results are sent afterwards by email. Whether they have a background in dance or not, applicants must be 8 to 11 years of age on September 30, 2022.
Only those applicants selected following an audition will participate in the summer internship.
Place : École supérieure de ballet du Québec
4816 Rivard, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 2N6
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Applicants who are selected based on their audition must attend the 2022 summer intensive program. This program introduces students to the daily training regimen at the École supérieure. Depending on the cycle, the schedule includes courses in ballet, pointes, character or contemporary dance, classical and neoclassical repertoire, and workshops with established choreographers.
June 27 to July 8, 2022- Junior Cycle 3, 4 and 5 (grade 2 to 5).
July 11-29, 2022- Junior 6, Intermediate, Advanced and Superior Cycles (grade 6 to cegep).
Only accepted candidates following the auditions are invited to participate in our Summer Intensives.
Ready to pass the first step to enter the Professional division? Auditions' registration have started for the year 2022-2023.
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.