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Admission

Admission

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.

Important Dates

Video Auditions

Grade 6 to cegep

Registration deadline: January 23, 2022.

Applications will not be considered after that date.

Pre-selection
All applicants 11 years of age or older (grade 6 to cegep) must submit an introduction video. Those applicants who are selected will be invited to an audition in the École supérieure’s studio on Sunday, January 30, 2022.

Applicants from outside Greater Montreal who are unable to attend in person will be evaluated based on their video. Only those applicants selected following an audition will participate in the Summer Intensive in July 2022.

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DISCOVER THE INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND SUPERIOR CYCLES
Auditions for the jury 2022

Applicants in grades 2 through 5 (Junior Cycle)

Registration deadline : The dates of auditions for the year 2022-2023 will be announced shortly.

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, 2021.

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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DISCOVER THE JUNIOR CYCLE - Applicants in grades 2 through 5
Summer Intensive 2022

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.

Admission Guide 2022

Ready to pass the first step to enter the Professional division? Auditions' registration have started for the year 2022-2023.

Prerequisites for all auditions

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 $45

Credit card or electronic check

ARMS TO THE SIDE

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
PREMIÈRE ARABESQUE (profile)

Outfit

Girls
  • Dance leotard
  • Pink tights
  • Ballet slippers and/or pointe shoes
  • Hair bun
Boys
  • White T-shirt
  • Black shorts or tights
  • Demi-pointe shoes
  • Tied hair if needed
Audition Class- Jury audition

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.

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.

Flexibility

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.

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.

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