1.6 Training / Rehearsal

Montréal is host to two university dance programs, as well as many other professional training programs. The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) offers a PhD, a master’s degree, a somatic education diploma and two streams at the bachelor level, teaching and interpretation, with a focus on creation if desired. Concordia University’s bachelor program emphasizes creative process and choreography. For non-university intensive training, the following schools have well reputed training programs: for contemporary dance there is LADMMI, l’école de danse contemporaine, and for ballet there are Ballet Divertimento and the École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal. Each offers a college diploma (DEC or AEC) and/or high school dance/study programs. Collège Montmorency, CEGEP St-Laurent and Collège de Maisonneuve offer a two-year DEC specializing in dance, and Compagnie Nyata Nyata now offers a two-year professional training program in African dance and drumming.

Once you are out of the academic realm and in the work force, you can choose amongst several dance spaces in the city that regularly offer dance training and workshops. On-going drop-in daily technique classes are offered at places like Studio Bizz and other private rehearsal studios, as well as by the RQD, who organizes a 30-week schedule of morning contemporary classes given by a variety of local and international dance professionals. Circuit-Est, Studio 303 and Fleur d’Asphalte, amongst others, offer a series of workshops, intensives and classes (often pre-registration is required) which may cover anything from hula hooping to creative process to contact improvisation. Perfmax is a workout program specifically tailored for athletes, including dancers, and is accessible year-round in Montréal and Laval. As well as a technical challenge, professional classes and workshops provide a forum for dance artists to forge bonds, share information and be seen by choreographers.

There are also opportunities to hone your choreographic talents with the help of mentoring through participation in Montréal Danse’s yearly choreographic workshop, Circuit-Est’s choreographic mentorship or RQD and Studio 303’s periodic creation workshops for emerging choreographers.

Dance training during the summer months is less consistent, but there are still options: TransFormation Danse and O Vertigo’s summer intensive happen on a yearly basis, while other companies and choreographers will offer periodic summer workshops, like Pigeons International did in 2009. There are continued drop-in ballet classes at Studio Bizz, and of course the ever-present yoga, pilates or gym workouts!

The cheapest studio rental in the city is managed by the municipal arts funding body, the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM, formerly and commonly referred to as CACUM). Most private studios and spaces offering dance classes also rent out space by the hour. Listings for private studios for short rentals can be found on studio bulletin boards and on the RQD website. You can rent loft spaces monthly, but they are expensive unless shared and often need some amount of refurbishing for dance purposes.

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One comment for “1.6 Training / Rehearsal”

  1. jb

    C’est génial tout ça. Il serait également pertinent d’informer sur les formations disponible dès l’enfance.. là où tout commence ;)

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