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First step

As the first essential step to be admitted to the professional division's interpretation program, the audition allows each candidate to show his talent during a ballet class or a video.

To audition, potential students must meet requirements with regard to age, health and aptitude for dance. Candidates of all ages and levels can audition. However, the later a student enters the program, the stricter the technical requirements.

The jury, composed of L’École supérieure’s artistic director and teachers, evaluates coordination, flexibility, musicality, expression and, above all, interest in a career in dance.

Important Dates

Auditions - Grade 2 to 5
Sunday, May 9, 2021

Registration deadline: May 5, 2021, at 5 p.m.

There is no registration allowed on-site the day of the audition. Places are limited.

Maison de la danse du Québec Ludmilla-Chiriaeff
4816, Rivard
Montréal (QC) H2J 2N6

Learn more about the Junior cycle
Video Auditions - Grade 6 to Collegial
Registration deadline: January 24, 2021

Videos send after this date won't be considered.

Candidates aged 11 and more (Grade 6 to Collegial) have to submit a video audition. Successful candidates will then be invited to participate in an audition in the studios of L'École supérieure on Sunday January 31, 2021. Candidates living outside of Montreal who cannot travel because of the pandemic will be evaluated only through their video.

Learn more about the different cycles
Summer Intensive

Junior Cycle - June 28th to July 9, 2021

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior Cycles - July 12-30, 2021

Only accepted candidates following the auditions are invited to participate in our Summer Intensives.


1. Prepare two photos:
  1. a portrait
  2. a full-length photo and, if necessary, a video (details below)
View the specific cycle or the full-length photo position
2. Fill out the form
Registration form
3. Make a payment of $40

Credit card or electronic check


8 to 11 years old
ARMS TO THE SIDE (facing front)

photo tendu à la seconde

12 to 14 years old
TENDU À LA SECONDE (facing front)

premiere arabesque

15 to 19 years old


  • 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
Audition Class

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.

Video Audition

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:

Front facing position

Simply stand, facing the camera, arms relaxed along the body.

Profile position

As previously, but stand sideways to the camera.

Pointing feet

Sitting on the ground, sideways to the camera, extend the legs and point both feet.

Flexing 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.

External rotation (turnout)

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.

Back flexibility

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.

Candidates 11 to 12 Years of Age
  • 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.
Candidates 13 Years of Age and Older

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.

Summer Intensive

The candidate retained after the audition is required to participate in the entire summer intensive program during which he experiences the daily training he would receive at L’École supérieure.


In the junior cycle, classes are given after school and on Saturdays. From the intermediate cycle, students embark on a dance-studies course.

With students devoting three to five hours a day to ballet, their schedules are specifically designed so that no subject suffers as a result. Students have the opportunity to access a university education and a variety of programs leading to other careers.

The student has the possibility to choose the official curriculum, offered in partnership with academic institutions recognized by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, or the dance-only curriculum, often favored by international students.

Official Curriculum

The official curriculum combines professional ballet training with an academic education provided by renowned establishments.

At secondary level, the Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie offers a stimulating learning environment at the foot of Mount Royal.

At college level, the Cégep du Vieux Montréal is known especially for its arts-based technical training programs and remains the only post-secondary institution in Quebec to offer a diploma to dancers specialized in classical dance performance.

Dance-Only Curriculum

The dance-only curriculum consists exclusively of professional training in ballet. While most of the courses are conducted in French, many teachers also speak another language, such as English, Russian and Spanish.

The student enrolled in the dance-only curriculum has the possibility of taking correspondence courses.

On Stage

The interpretation program provides a varied range of experiences in different professional contexts by allowing students to participate in major productions along with recognized artists and organizations.

Find all the details on upcoming shows soon.

Les Grands Ballets

As part of the partnership with Les Grands Ballets, our students take part in different shows at la Place des Arts.

Corps de ballet

The annual show of the professional division consists of extracts from the classical repertoire and creations.

2018 edition’s trailer

2017 edition’s trailer

2016 edition’s trailer

Un finissant, UN chorégraphe + Chorégraphes de demain

The culmination of their demanding training in classical dance, this show propels young artists and their refreshing and diversified universes. Original solos in a felted picture, created specifically for each graduate. As a bonus, students of the Superior cycle present their work as apprentice choreographers. You don't want to miss it!

2018 edition’s trailer

Major productions

From the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal to Isabelle Boulay, through Orford Musique, the artists with whom the students of the professional division have the privilege of sharing the stage are of the highest level.

Video of the performance at the 375th anniversary of Montreal

Awards and Scholarships

L’École supérieure is a place to develop excellence and awards various prizes and scholarships every year.

Agora de la danse

2019 : Fauna Natasha Lopera Lopez
2018 : Adrian Batt
2017 : Catherine Toupin
2015 : Pauline Gervais
2014 : Olivia Saint-Jacques
and Pierre-Émile Lemieux-Venne

Learn more
Danse Danse

2019 : Claire Campbell
2018 : Rose Trahan
2017 : Constance Aubry
2016: Pierre-Émile Lemieux-Venne
2015 : Ève-Marie Dalcourt
2014 : Mariya Kyrychenko

Learn more
Caisse de la Culture Desjardins’s Bursary for Excellence presented by the Jeune Scène d’affaires

This bursary is aimed to facilitate the winner’s professional integration to the labour market by providing the opportunity to participate to the audition rounds with major companies at home and abroad.


2019 : Juan Sebastian Hoyos Correa and Fauna Natasha Lopera Lopez
2018 : Adrian Batt and Élodie Scholtes-Labrecque
2017 : Rose Trahan
2016 : Sarah-Maude Laliberté

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