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L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec

Dance institution offering advanced training

The only French-language institution in North America to offer a complete professional training in classical dance, L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec is a true springboard to national and international careers.

The origins of L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec date back to the early 1950s. Ludmilla Chiriaeff, a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, arrived in Montreal just as the first French-language television station in North America was being launched. Madame Chiriaeff wasted no time in applying her talent and energy to Radio-Canada’s variety shows, but she did not limit herself to the small screen. She was a pioneer, giving Quebec society its first major classical dance company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and L’École supérieure, its first national institution devoted entirely to professional dance training. At the request of the Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in 1966, Madame Chiriaeff incorporated L’École supérieure, which obtained a charter independent of the company a few years later.

The professional training in interpretation at L’École supérieure is accessible by audition. Its doors are open to young artists from Quebec, but also to those from all other Canadian provinces and from other countries.

In addition to its performance program, L’École supérieure offers a program to train dance teachers as well as an advanced training program for dance pianists.

In addition to its educational mission, the Graduate School houses the Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent-Warren (BDVW) and its media library. It is one of the largest dance libraries in North America. It is also listed as one of the 25 outstanding libraries in Quebec.