Photo: Julie Artacho | Dancer: Isabelle Sue Pilette
Since 1981, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal has been training professional dancers who have gone on to earn national and international recognition. Recognized for its leading-edge, rigorous training, the School offers a 3-year college level education based on the mastery of contemporary dance techniques, the development of artistic and intellectual knowledge and versatility of performance.
The professional training offered at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal is intended to help students:
- Master the techniques of contemporary dance;
- Increase their artistic and intellectual knowledge;
- Develop performance versatility; and
- Become professional dancers in contemporary dance.
The School offers a full-time three-year Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC 561.BB) in collaboration with cégep du Vieux Montréal and approved by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l'enseignement supérieur. Specific training is provided by the School while general training (French, Philosophy, English, Physical Education and complementary courses) is offered by the cégep du Vieux Montréal. Students can also take these courses in English due to an agreement between Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Dawson College.
The School also offers an Attestation d’études collégiales program (AEC NRC.05) which is composed of only the specific dance courses. Only international students are eligible.
Spaces are very limited in these programs with twenty spaces available in all.
In addition to being talented and in excellent physical condition, students must demonstrate creativity, motivation, discipline and passion for their art. The program is very intense and demanding and therefore requires exceptional drive and motivation. Training to become a professional dancer requires a serious commitment throughout the duration of the studies, demanding day, evening and some weekends availability.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DANCE STUDENT
The morning typically consists of classes in anatomy, dance related fitness training and contemporary dance techniques. These are generally followed by classes in performance, improvisation, creative research and partnering work. The schedule may also include classes in music, dance history, contemporary art history or career management as well as basic academic classes.
Afternoons are generally devoted to interpretation classes. By learning choreographic excerpts and participating in the creation of new dance works, students learn the skills required by the professional milieu. They also become familiar with the entire process of creating dance intended for public performance. These classes also enable students to broaden their knowledge of the contemporary dance repertoire and to experiment with solo performance pieces.
Over the duration of the program, students will take part in the creation of five different shows and participate in a total of some 30 performances. Our faculty of exemplary teachers all have an extensive professional background. In addition, a highly qualified production team supports all student productions.
- Art History
- Contemporary Dance Technique I & II
- Creative Research I & II
- Rythmic Approaches
- Interpretation I & II
- Dance & Society I
- Composition Elements I
- Anatomy for dance I and II
- Introduction to College English
- Literary Genres
- Knowledge and World Views
- Human Beings
- Physical Education (2)
- Contemporary Dance Technique III & IV
- Interpretation III & IV
- Dance & Society II
- Partner Work
- Composition Elements II
- Anatomy for dance III & IV
- Literary Themes
- Applied Themes in English
- Applied Ethics
- French I
- Physical Education (1)
- Contemporary Dance Technique V & VI
- Interpretation V & VI
- Creative Research III
- Career Management
- French II
- Complementary Courses (2)
Every year, throughout the three-year program, all students must enrol in the École de danse contemporaine’s Summer School and pay the corresponding registration fees. Summer School is an invaluable way for students to learn new approaches to dance in an enriching, stimulating environment. Given the demands and intensity of the full time program, the Summer School is also designed to maintain the students’ physical form throughout summer.
Photo: Luc Lavergne | Dancers: Frédérique Rodier, Vicky S. Mérette