L'école de danse de Québec

The Professional Training Program

DCS / ACS / Preparatory Year

A Professional Training Program in Contemporary Dance that shapes your career as a dancer. 

Next auditions

In Quebec City - Day 1

Saturday, March 9, 2024

9 a.m. - L'École de danse de Québec


In Quebec City - Day 2

Sunday, March 10, 2024

9 a.m. - L'École de danse de Québec


In France

Saturday, February 24, 2024

9 a.m. - Pont Supérieur de Nantes


*Programs recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education.

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Why L'EDQ?

By joining us, you will get to work with highly qualified professors, guest choreographers, guest artists, to take part in multidisciplinary projects both in Québec and abroad, to experience a multitude of creative processes... L'EDQ's professional training offers you the best! 

Why L'EDQ?

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Our teaching methods

Our teachers embrace pedagogical methods that are at the forefront of contemporary dance training. Guest teachers and artists are regularly invited to expose students to a variety of creative processes and immerse them in wide-ranging and cutting-edge aesthetics.

Thanks to that, our students become versatile, flexible and will be able to meet all types of choreographic requirements. L’EDQ graduates are recognized, sought after, and active on the regional, national and international stage.

Discover our teaching methods!

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Meet our alumni

They each have their own story and go forward their own way. But they nonetheless all share something : their years at L'EDQ! Let yourself be inspired by our alumni's paths. 

Meet them!

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Life in Québec City

Safe, vibrant, human-sized, accessible... Québec City places culture and youth at the heart of its development. Beware, you'll want to settle here for good! 

Get a taste!



What's the difference between the DCS/DEC and the ACS/AEC?

The dance training is exactly the same between the DCS/DEC and the ACS/AEC.

The main difference is that the DCS/DEC involves enrolling at the Cégep de Sainte Foy (which is not the case for the ACS/AEC), resulting in more classes per week. Note that the tuition fees also differ. 

Is it the same audition for the DCS/DEC, the ACS/AEC and the Preparatory Year?

Yes, there is only one audition for all three sub-programs of the Professional Training Program even though in your application form you can specify which program you are auditioning for. Note that, depending on how the audition process goes, L'EDQ may offer you a position in a different sub-program than the one you were initially applying for.

Do I need to attend the Cégep's classes if I already have a DEC?

It is possible to enroll at the Cégep without attending the core curriculum classes if you have already taken them. The dance classes represent a sufficient number of hours for you to be considered a full time student. Please get in touch with the Cégep de Sainte Foy for more information. 

Does L'EDQ accept international students?

Yes, of course! Each year, L'EDQ accepts several foreign students. On top of having successfully audition in Québec or in France, international students must meet all of our specific admission requirements for non-Canadian citizens. Please visit our International students section for more information.  

What is the official language of instruction?

The official language of instruction is French, but our students work most of the time with bilingual guest artists and choreographers. 

Is auditioning mandatory? Can I audition remotely?

The audition is mandatory for all candidates.

Candidates living more than 500 km from L'EDQ can submit a video for the preliminary auditions before February 1, 2024. There is no additional fee associated with the preliminary auditions, but you will have to fill in a registration form to the auditions (available in French only) and have paid the registration fee in order to be eligible for the preliminary virtual auditions. Each video received will be evaluated by a team of professors of L'EDQ.

If, after analyzing your submitted material, we believe you have the necessary level to participate in the auditions in person, we will let you know.

Please note that auditioning in person remains mandatory, be it in Québec or in Nantes!

Does L'EDQ have any student housing options available?

No, unfortunately, L'EDQ does not have any accommodation available for students. But you can visit the Cégep de Sainte-Foy's website for practical information on housing.

How will I know if I got in?

For DCS/DEC candidates

All candidates whose SRACQ application has been accepted will receive a letter from the Cégep de Sainte-Foy (in mid-April). To be officially enrolled, all students must accept both the Cégep's AND L'EDQ's offer. 

for ACS/AEC and preparatory year candidates

All accepted candidates (regardless of whether they've made a SRACQ application or not) will receive an offer from L'EDQ. To accept it and thus be officially enrolled, they must fill out the academic services contract  and pay the registration fees.