Intensive training program in Montreal

Professional development in contemporary dance and creative residency 

BIG BANG is a 4-month intensive training program in contemporary dance. As a PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, the program supports artists as they solidify their technical toolkit in dance and exposes them to various artistic, cultural and interdisciplinary approaches. Additionally, it provides the students with the opportunity to open their individual practice with a CREATIVE RESIDENCY, which gives personalized support to each student throughout their research and the creation of their work. Artists are given the opportunity to perform their work in a public showcase at the end of each session. BIG BANG is training open to artists from Canada and artists from abroad.

Who should apply ?

This training is suited for artists age 18 and over. Rooted in its transdisciplinary curriculum, it is offered to dancers, performance artists, circus performers, actors or any other individual with a physical and artistic practice. Whether you are self-taught or have previously completed a training program, only artists with a solid and developed technical approach to dance, or a mature physicality and an evident ease and understanding of movement will be admitted into the program. BIG BANG is a dance training program open to foreign students.

Choregraphic laboratories & "work-in-progress" solos

An important part of the BIG BANG is devoted to research and choreographic  laboratories. The goal of these laboratories is to support each artist in order to help them to develop research work on their artistic and choreographic authenticity.

At the end of each program, the artists will perform (in front of an audience), a “work-in-progress” version of their solo. A video captation will allow the artists to have quality video support so that they can share it with companies, funding organizations, etc


What are the educational objectives?

The BIG BANG team focuses on supporting artists in acquiring a solid technical toolkit in dance, opening up and learning a valuable artistic, cultural and interdisciplinary approaches around the body in motion. Throughout the duration of the program, artists will confront their personal technical and physical challenges. Seeing these challenges through will allow the artist to progressively and naturally let go, and enable them to be fully connected with their body, the sensations and the emotions that arise throughout the process. This element of authenticity will allow artists to listen to their instincts and recognize the creative freedom and trust in their process. Through questioning, exchanges, and personalized accompaniment, the artist will develop artistic maturity and their own signature body language.


What is the content of the training?

The BIG BANG curriculum includes technical dance classes (contemporary dance, contemporary ballet barre and urban dance), partnering workshops, floor work, improvisation, choreographic exploration, contact-improvisation, choreographic creation, research and writing labs, workshops in anatomy and functional body movement analysis, discussion panels and workshops addressing various subjects in the dance world.


What is the schedule?

The program involves 357 hours during the span of 17 weeks. Each week of training consists of 20 hours of classes and workshops, Mondays thru Friday from 9 am to 5 pm split in 3 days. The course schedule is structured to allow artists to manage their other responsibilities and jobs, all while taking part in an extended program that is both personalized and demanding. The days of training of the first group are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The training days of the second group are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.


What are the dates of the next programs?




JANUARY 23 TO MAY 19, 2023

Where is the training held?


All classes and workshops are held at ESPACE OUVERT in Montréal. The space is 2000 square feet and includes a dressing room, a kitchenette, a study room, a bathroom, a relaxation space/mezzanine and a dancefloor of 1300 feet covered with an Harlequin dance floor.


What are the prices?


- 2 520$ tx. incl. 



Option 1 :  200$ before 01/12/22and 2320$ before 23/01/22

Option 2 : 200$ before 01/12/22, 630$ before 23/01, 630$ before 20/02, 630$ before 20/03 and 430$ before le 17/04.

NOTE :Stéphanie Decourteille Danse is a recognized educational institution. Students who complete the training may be eligible for a tax credit for tuition fees they have paid. 


To attend BIG BANG program 11

January 23 to May 12, 2023

A video-audition process is possible. 

Send your resume, along with a letter of intent, a video of a dance improvisation (less than 2 minutes long) and a video of choreographic creation that is less than 5 minutes long


before October 2nd, 2022


Team of teachers and guests speakers #7

Pedagogical Director and Contemporarary dance: Stéphanie Decourteille (+)

Partner: Stéphanie Decourteille (+)

Directed improvisation: Stéphanie Decourteille (+) and Neil Sochasky (+) 

Ateliers multidisciplinaires: Maria Borello

Choreographic workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille et Louise Michelle Jackson

Ballet: Stéphanie Decourteille (+)

Capoeira Angola: Fabrice Kioffi

Corps philosophique: Lauranne Faubert-Guay

Danse contemporaine: Charles Alexis Dégagné

Échauffement et prévention: Liliane Moussa (+)

Essentric : Maude Desjardins (+)

FloorWork: Vincent Jutra, Neil Sochasky (+)  & Victoria Mackenzie (+)

Gaga: Laura Thomas

Hip Hop FreeStyle: Jaleesa Coligny

House: Dominique Sophie

Interprétation théâtre: Agathe Foucault

Krump: Vlad Laurore (7Star) and Valérie Chartier

Jeux clownesque: La Nab 

Jumpstyle: Mathieu Douay

Laboratoire de recherche et de création: Stéphanie Decourteille (+)

Mouvement authentique: Sarah Dell Ava

Nutrition et performance: Alexia De Macar
Pilates: Mathilde Gesseaume Rioux

Acrobatics: Gisle Henriet (+) et Jérémie Robert  (+)

Balancing: Evelyne Laforest

Voguing:  Brian Mendez

Wushu: Phi Nguyen (+)

Waacking: Marie-Reine Kabasha

Yoga: Sarah Buono Fredette 

Research and creation: Stéphanie Decourteille (+)

Workout : Valérie Chartier (+)

Team of teachers and guests speakers 


Accompagnement de classes / musique  Guillaume Biron 

Accompagnement de classes / violon : Marie-Pierre Lippens 

Ateliers d'improvisation-dirigée :  Neil Sochasky 

Ateliers d'échanges et discussions : Maud Mazo-Rothenbuhler

Analyse du mouvement : Maud Mazo-Rothenbuhler

Atelier méthode Dalcroze: Françoise Lombard  

Boxe chinoise: Phi Nguyen

Breakdance: Sovan Rochon-Prom Tep 

Butō : Yesenia Fuentes

Danse contemporaine : Alexia Martel

Dramaturgie / clown / voix : Jean Daniel Senesi

Flexibilité : Itzel Viruega 

FreeStyle : P.A.X 

Popping / FunkStyle : Venom, Handy Yacinthe 

Hip-Hop : Mélanie Kurlz IKG
Interprétation : Gilles Plouffe et Neil Sochasky

Pilates : Noemie Plante

Hip-Hop : Alexandra Spicey Landé, Céline Richard-Robichon

Respiration, voix et mouvement : Be Heintzman Hope

Technique d’équilibre : Marie-Eve Dicaire

Théâtre physique : Jon Lachlan Stewart 

Théâtre : Serge Mandeville 

Waacking: Black Kat, Lady Deva, Martine Cherry Bruneau 

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"I was already feeling an intense need to surpass myself physically and push my technique, but after my first experiences with Stephanie and her approach, at the summer workshops, that convinced me to do it. The formula was exactly what I needed, both in terms of physical intensity and diversity. Also, there is the very human side of Stephanie which immediately makes us feel in our place and which supports us. Throughout the training I felt that my body was unlocking and developing new paths through the movements and that my technique in general had come into being in a significant way. I also had the pleasure of noticing that I had developed my physical strength and progressed in areas I would not have believed, such as acrobatics. I recommend the training to any artist who hopes to do that for themselves."

Camille Mougenot

BIG BANG graduate - Program 6



Graduates program #8

2021/08/23 to 2021/12/17

Catherine Jeannotte
Châtelaine Côté-Rioux
Claire Cherriere
Estelle Wecking
Eva André
Fanny B. Poulin
Jacinthe Desjardins

Johanna Simon
Lola Thirard
Marie-Éve Quenneville
Nicole Jacobs
Soléne Laurin-Laliberté
Sarah Lafortune
Rachelle Alexandra Fleury

Graduates program #7

2021/01/25 to 2021/05/21

Amandine Boulineau Pillet

Antonin Desmarais

Audrey Sargent

Cachou Trudel-Langevin

Gabriela Jovian-Mazon  (+)

Laura Borello Bellemare

Samuel Terzis

Sarah Lafortune  (+)

Anna-Maude Lamontagne

Camille Mougenot

Camille Scully

Laurie Gaudichon

Jeanne Théroux-Laplante

Marianne Mercier-Dulac

Samuel Terzis

Shania Leblanc

Graduates program #6

2020/08/24 to 2020/12/18

Antonin Desmarais

Audrey Sargent

Cachou Trudel-Langevin

Florine Gall

Laura Borello Bellemare

Samuel Terzis

Sarah Lafortune

Thibault Ayrinhacz

Graduates program #4

2019/08/26 to 2019/12/19

Graduates program #3

2019/01/14 to 2019/05/09

Graduates program #2

2018/08/28 to 2018/12/16

Aram Dermenjian

Sophia El Iraki

Lauranne Faubert-Guay  (+)

Thaïna Rosinvil

Etienne-St Pierre

Maia Thomlinson (+)

Rameez Karim

Sophia El Iraki

Gabriela Jovian-Mazon

Lauranne Faubert-Guay  (+)

Camélia Letendre

Etienne-St Pierre

Pénélope Quevillon

Graduates program #1

16/01 au 04/05/2018

Be Heintzman-Hope

Chanel Cheiban

Chelsea Chen

Shanyca Eli-Leconte

Thaïna Rosinvil

Pénélope Quevillon