Photo: Adéral Piot | Dancer: Gina Grant
Founded in 1981, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal is a national higher education institution specializing in professional contemporary dance training. Recognized for its quality, innovative and rigorous training, it trains professional and versatile dancers. It is affiliated with Cégep du Vieux Montréal and accredited by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
The School's particular approach is defined as the union of two essential components in the make-up of the dance artist: a profound search for his/her own creative uniqueness combined with the mastery of the dancer’s rigorous technique. This technique is acquired through an understanding of the body as well as intense and disciplined work with guest teachers who share a similar vision. Another essential focus of the training is reflection on the art, the movements made and their significance. The school’s objective is to bring out each individual’s uniqueness and help them realize their full artistic and technical potential for entry into the job market.
A DANCE TRAINING LEADER
The École de danse contemporaine de Montréal is a creative and innovative school that offers the highest standards of training for emerging dancers. It has a reputation on the international scene as a centre of excellence for professional contemporary dance training.
- The School’s faculty, which is made up of 40 instructors, choreographers, musicians and guest teachers, has distinguished itself for its quality and expertise;
- The national and international reputation of its 300 graduates attests to the consistency of the quality of the dancers that it trains, its essential contribution to the contemporary dance community and its role of dance promotion in Quebec, Canada and abroad;
- In tune with the evolution of the dance profession, the School includes choreographic creation and research in its education in all areas that influence dance practice. It aims to remain a laboratory that encourages experimentation with new aesthetics and artistic approaches and the integration of performing arts technologies.
In 1981, Linda Rabin and Candace Loubert founded the school Linda Rabin Danse Moderne in the Belgo building in Montreal. They worked with many professionals in the field, using an approach based on physical training, the creative process and somatic techniques.
The soul of the institution is thus influenced by the techniques developed by masters such as Martha Graham, José Limon, F. Mathias Alexander, Elaine Summers, Irene Dowd, Frau Thiele, Richard Pochinko, and Ann Skinner. When they left the directorship of LADMMI, they left an immense legacy behind them. Today, the school continues their work with a focus on modernity that is in line with their philosophies.
Following the departure of the founders, the School’s successive Artistic Directors were Tassy Teekman (1996-1998), Robin Colyer (1998-2005) and Lucie Boissinot, who has held the position of Artistic and Studies Director since 2005. Linda Rabin continues her association with the School as part of the teaching team. Sadly, Candace Loubert passed away in 2011.
Evolution of the program
In 1984, the School changed its name to Les Ateliers de danse moderne de Montréal Inc. (LADMMI) and was mandated by the Ministère des Affaires culturelles to develop professional training.
In 1991, the School received professional college status from the Ministère de l’Éducation and three years later implemented a program leading to an Attestation of Collegial Studies. Since 1999, the School has been offering a Diploma of Collegial Studies in contemporary dance, in affiliation with the Cégep du Vieux Montréal.
In 2012, LADMMI adopted the new name École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, a name that better reflects its primary mission of training professional contemporary dancers.
In 2016, the School will occupy new premises that are better suited to professional training, thanks to the Wilder Building renovation and expansion project, located in the heart of Quartier des spectacles on Place des Festivals. The School will be a part of Espace Danse Québec along with Les Grands Ballets, Tangente and Agora de la Danse.