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.
- 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
The audition lasts about two hours. 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 but are invited to an information session in another studio. The results are communicated later.
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.
Maison de la danse du Québec Ludmilla-Chiriaeff
4816 Rivard Street
Montreal (Quebec) H2J 2L6
Last day to submit a video audition:
The candidate retained after the first audition is required to participate in the entire summer intensive program, which is a decisive step in the admission process. As he experiences the daily training he would receive at L’École supérieure, he is subjected to an in-depth artistic, technical and biomechanical evaluation. He can be admitted for the school year or invited to apply again the following year.
In the junior cycle, classes are given after school and on Saturdays. From the intermediate cycle, students embark on a dance-studies course.
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. 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 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.
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.
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 here.
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
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
Students from the advanced and superior cycles present the fruit of their work as apprentice choreographers in an intimate venue. Amazing creations!
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.
2018 edition’s trailer
L’École supérieure is a place to develop excellence and awards various prizes and scholarships every year.
2018 : Adrian Batt
2017 : Catherine Toupin
2015 : Pauline Gervais
2014 : Olivia Saint-Jacques
and Pierre-Émile Lemieux-Venne
2018 : Rose Trahan
2017 : Constance Aubry
2016: Pierre-Émile Lemieux-Venne
2015 : Ève-Marie Dalcourt
2014 : Mariya Kyrychenko
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.
2018 : Adrian Batt and Élodie Scholtes-Labrecque
2017 : Rose Trahan
2016 : Sarah-Maude Laliberté