The Professional Program developed and offered by L’École supérieure is unique in Quebec.
The Professional Program developed and offered by L’École supérieure is unique in Quebec. It provides a blend of professional ballet training and an academic program to students from Grade Six to third year junior college. Graduates receive a high school diploma (Diplôme d'Études Secondaires, or DES), followed by a college diploma (Diplôme d'Études Collégiales, or DEC) in classical dance and performance. The professional training provided at L’École supérieure meets internationally recognized classical dance standards. The artistic direction integrates the best of proven methods while staying abreast of recent developments in the dance world. The school’s Professional Program focuses on students’ overall physical, psychological, artistic, technical and academic development, and is geared to enhancing their flexibility, posture, muscle tone, balance and mastery of movement. The ballet courses include daily classes on variations, repertoire, pas de deux, folklore, contemporary dance, dance history, anatomy, and more. Instruction is regularly enriched by the presence of guest teachers from around the world. Classes in dance technique for boys are given by specialists. The annual dance performance in a Montreal concert venue provides students with invaluable stage experience and the opportunity to showcase what they have learned during the year.
In order to offer a sound general education to students, L’École supérieure works closely with several academic institutions recognized by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. 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 École Saint-Joseph is a private school established in the Plateau Mont-Royal area since 1929; it uses an open and dynamic approach to education that encourages student participation.
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieSecondary
The Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, a denominational boarding school that took in its first students in 1905; it offers a stimulating learning environment at the foot of Mount Royal.
Cégep du Vieux MontréalCollege
Founded in 1968 when a group of prominent schools merged in the heart of the Quartier latin, the Cégep du Vieux Montréal is known especially for its arts-based technical training programs.
The school year starts with the Summer Intensive, which takes place over three weeks in July. It ends in May, with the annual show.
In order to allow the students to prepare well for their examinations in other subjects, there are no ballet classes during the month of June.
The return to school is at the end of August for all levels.
At L’École supérieure, a diversity of cultures is reflected in the administration, teachers and students, with many of the latter coming from outside Quebec and Canada. Foreign students can either enrol in the professional program, or audit courses. While most of the courses are conducted in French, many teachers also speak another language, such as English, Russian and Spanish.
For information on terms of payment, please see our list of fees.
2016-2017 fees (bilingual)
The Professional Program is designed for talented young dancers with a high potential for achievement. To be admitted to L’École supérieure, applicants must meet the requirements for age, dance ability and be in good health. There are two steps in the admission process: the audition, followed by the summer intensive. Applicants of all ages and levels may audition. However, the standards of acceptance are more stringent for students auditioning for higher levels. At the elementary level, L’École supérieure first assesses prospective students’ motivation and their natural abilities, including musicality, artistic sensitivity, flexibility, quality of movement, and so forth.
Audition in person
Auditions typically take between one and two hours. Composed of the Artistic Director and teachers from L’École supérieure, the selection jury evaluates the following criteria:
- Motivation for pursuing a career in dance
Audition by video
Candidates who are unable to participate in the Montreal audition before a jury may send a video.
Video audition (DVD or hyperlink) must be filmed with the camera at the body height and must include the following :
- Facing front : simply stand, facing the camera, arms relaxed along the body.
- Profile position: as above, but stand sideways to the camera.
- Pointing feet : Sitting on the ground, profile to the camera, extend the legs in front of the body and point both feet.
- Flexing feet: Sitting on the ground, profile 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 stay on the ground.
- Flexibility : Sitting on the ground, profile to the camera, with legs extended in front, lean forward and if possible, touch the feet while keeping the legs straight.
11-12 years old
- Exercises at the barre : pliés, tendus, grands battements, etc.
- Musicality and coordination : skip in a circle or in diagonal on a musical accompaniment.
- Artistry : perform a short choreography.
13-19 years old
Perform a short ballet class with these elements :
- Barre (one side only)
- Centre: tendus, adage, pirouettes and jumps (small, medium and big allegro)
Girls add one pointe exercise in the centre (preferably a pirouette exercice) and one variation, depending on the level.
For further questions concerning entry, please contact Ms. Claudine Balaux, Registrar, at 514 849-4929 extension 225.
• Montreal : Sunday, February 25, 2018
• Video : by Friday, March 30, 2018
Summer Intensive: July 9 to 27, 2018
Please fill the online form and send with two photos:
Headshot (passport-type photo)
Full-body photo in ballet attire (position according to academic level)
A payment of $ 40 is required for the treatment of any entry.
Candidates accepted at the first audition are required to participate in the full summer intensive, which serves as a final evaluation. The school's Artistic Director assigns each new student to the most appropriate level of the Professional Program. Talented applicants who are not accepted at the end of the summer intensive are encouraged to pursue their dance training and may be invited to attend subsequent auditions.
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