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BIG BANG is a 4-month intensive dance 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 400 hours during the span of 16weeks. Each week of training consists of 20 hours of classes and workshops, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursays from 9am to 5pm. 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. 


What are the dates of the next programs?




MARCH 4 TO JUNE 23, 2024

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 a marley dance floor.


What are the prices?


- 2 560$ tx. incl. 



- Option 1: $645 before 15/12/23 and $1,935 before 04/03/2024

- Option 2 : $645 before 12/15/23, $645 before 03/04/2024, $645 before 03/04/2024, and $645 before 04/04/2024.

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 spring dance programm

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



November 6, 2023


Team of teachers and guests speakers #9

Direction pédagogique et danse contemporaine : Stéphanie Decourteille

Coordonnatrice : Sarah Lafortune 

Acrodanse : Nicole Jacobs

Ateliers de partenaire : Stéphanie Decourteille

Ateliers d'improvisation-dirigée : Stéphanie Decourteille

Ateliers multidisciplinaires : Maria Borello

Choreographic workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille and Louise Michelle Jackson

Creation workshop : Audrey Bergeron

​Repertoire workshop: Sophie Breton

​Ballet : Stéphanie Decourteille

Capoeira Angola  Fabrice Koffy

Contemporary dance: Charles Alexis Dégagné

Échauffement, prévention et renforcement : Liliane Moussa 
Essentric : Ellyn Ochs

Floorwork: Victoria Mackenzie

Flow et floorwork: Charles Brécard

Hip Hop FreeStyle: Jaleesa Coligny

Interpretation and theatre: Agathe Foucault

Jumpstyle: Camille Dubé 

Krump: Vlad Laurore (7Star) 
Research and creation lab: Stéphanie Decourteille

LFTDCLASS: Nicholas Bellefleur

Nutrition and performance: Alexia De Macar
Acrobatics: Gisle Henriet et Jérémie Robert 

Video: Julien Blais

Wushu: Phi Nguyen

Yoga: Sarah Bueno Fredette and Ajouna Bao-Lavoie

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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 #11

23/01 to 14/05/2023

Alessia Moschettino

Alexa Bender

Amélie Albert

Constance Gadan

Danae Zeller Silva

Evane Gislard

Julianna Heft

Kiera Whitla

Léna Roth

Maëva Houck

Maya Conway

Milena Sundari Nowak

Yule Burlefinger

Zenobia Cook

Graduates program #10

2022/08/29 to 2022/12/17

Alice Valinducq

Ambre Michel-Picque

Bowie Siu

Diane Cezard

Flora Spiga

Joshua Yates

Lorenzo Serafino

Manon Burtin 

Megan Gaudreault

Millie Brinck-Dubuc

Nicolas Sylvestre

Sarah Marie Benninghoff

Tina Donzelle

Graduates program #9

2022/01/17 to 2022/05/13

Aicha Benchaâboune 

Angelica Zuenko 

Camélia Letendre 

Ciro Melgaço

Eva-Maria Eder

Juliette Ieva

Lisa Natalia Cabrera Lozano

Manon Serignat-Daléas

Megan LeBlanc

Myrtille Michallet 

Nicole Jacobs

Nikki Theroux

Sarah Lafortune

Solana Del Bel Belluz

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

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