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«passion, excellence, innovation . . . and fun»

The Ballet Divertimento School supports the aspirations of passionate dance students from the first plié to master class. In an ambience of enjoyment and excellence, children, teens and adults cultivate a love of dance, whether the aim is a professional career or way to stay fit.

A non-profit organization founded in 1991 by Susan Alexander, the School offers ballet classes year ‘round from beginner to professional levels, for all ages from three years to adult. It also offers courses in modern-contemporary dance for adults as well as flamenco classes for children seven years and older.

Dance-Study programs provide professional training for high school and college students. This approach enables young people to pursue dance training while continuing their studies, and to maximize academic and artistic performance.

Located in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, the School occupies a building dedicated to and adapted for dance. The faculty of more than 20 expert and experienced professionals who teach classes on a regular basis is supplemented by occasional guest teachers. Close to 800 students attend each year in an open and creative environment.

A source of inspiration

The Ballet Divertimento School continues to be guided in spirit by the late Brydon Paige, artistic director from 1996 to 2007. Born in Vancouver, he first danced with Les Ballets Chiriaeff, the precursor of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Over a career that spanned more than four decades, Brydon Paige created works for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Guatemala, Banff Centre and National Ballet of Portugal. One of his original works, The Wizard of Oz, was created for Ballet Divertimento and today remains a keystone of the School’s repertoire.

Direction

Ballet Divertimento Direction Susan Alexander, Directrice Générale

Susan Alexander, General Director

Born in New Brunswick, Susan Alexander studied arts and commerce at Concordia University in Montreal. Dance was always a passion, and she studied ballet with such notable teachers as Sheila Ross and Rudolf Kharatian. Since founding the Ballet Divertimento School in 1991, she has devoted herself entirely to guiding its development, including the development of projects such as the Dance-Study program. Her mission is to increase the range of courses and training available to aspiring dancers and to provide them with a fertile environment in which to germinate their talent. In 2002 Ms. Alexander co-founded with Alexandra Wells of the Julliard School the critically acclaimed Springboard Montréal Danse project (link) held each summer at the School.

Christine Cyr, Artistic and educational director

Owen Montague, Senior teacher

In addition to the National Ballet of Canada, Owen Montague had an international career as principal dancer with such prestigious companies as Netherlands Dance Theatre, Aterballeto, Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet. He has received many awards including two bronze medals at the first International Ballet competition in Jackson Mississippi, USA and a silver medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, USSR. Owen Montague also received a bursary from the Canada Arts Council and the Peter Dwyer Scholarship. For the last 15 years, Owen has worked as an independent artist and has explored his interest in choreography, photography and costume design for motion and artistic production. He returns to Canada after 6 years as an associate professor of the department of dance and music, at the Kobe Jogakuin College of Japan.

Ballet Divertimento Direction Alex Ursuliak, consultant artistique

Alex Ursuliak, Artistic Consultant

Canadian-born Alex Ursuliak began his dance career after graduating from the Pedagogical Institute Theatre of Kiev in Ukraine. He worked for the National Ballet of Canada and the Stuttgart Ballet as both dancer and ballet master, and was director of the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera and the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He was also a visiting professor at some of the biggest companies in this and many other countries. A prolific choreographer, Alex Ursuliak has created and staged important works worldwide and coached many leading contemporary artists: Natalya Makarova, Martine Van Hamel, Veronica Tennant, Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn.

Administration

Lily Barrette

Administrative Coordinator

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Yolande Guérard

Accounting

Marianne Goulet

Reception

Gabriel Painchaud

Reception

Teaching Faculty

Zaylin Lopez Hernandez

Ballet

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Liliana Pérez Jaramillo

Ballet

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Amélie Rajotte

Modern Dance

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Sonya Stefan

Modern Dance

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Odette Lalonde

Ballet

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Seryozha Petrosyan

Ballet

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Victoria Yakobov

Ballet

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Eric J. Miles

Modern Dance

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Marie Parisella

Flamenco

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Paola Rodriguez

Ballet

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Chantale Desgroseilliers

Modern Dance

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Kristen Céré

Modern Dance – Ballet

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Sylviane Junod

Force & Flex

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Natalia Chatilova

Character

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Carole Lanctôt

Ballet

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Caroline Namts

Ballet, Modern Dance

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Visiting professors

Shawn Hounsell

Modern dance

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Neil Sochasky

Modern Dance – Ballet anatomy

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Michael Watts

Modern Dance

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Fabrice Maufrais

Ballet

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Accompanists

Ivan Bamford

Percussionist

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Martin Caron

Pianist

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Ilia Khodos

Pianist

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Svitlana Kostenko

Pianist

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Tom Mennier

Pianist

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Francis Pomerleau

Percussionist

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Martin Swerdlow

Pianist

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Olga Trofanova

Pianist

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Facilities

Located near McGill University and the Quartier des spectacles, the Ballet Divertimento School occupies a building built in 1960 at the corner of Durocher and Milton streets. Major renovations were undertaken to install fully equipped dance studios.

The studios are open and airy with large windows that let in natural light. For the dancers’ safety and comfort, all are equipped with resilient sprung floors.

The School facilities include changing rooms for men and women. Lockers are available to store personal belongings. For added security, it is recommended that people using them bring a padlock. (Ballet Divertimento is not responsible for lost or stolen items.)

Studios are equipped with

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Resilient sprung floors

Designed by Jacques Morin
for exceptional comfort

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Sound system

(CD/Cassette/mP3)

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Piano

KAWAI brand

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Mirrors

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Dance barres

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Blackboard

(studios 1, 2 and 5)

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Video

DVD or VHS

(on request)

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TV

(on request)

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Air conditioning

(studios 2, 3 and 5)

Contact us

Ballet Divertimento - Nous joindre

Ballet Divertimento

Address

3505 Durocher St. (corner of Milton St.)

Montreal, (Quebec)

H2X 2E7 Canada

Metro Station Place des Arts, exit De Bleury

Contact

T • (514) 285-2157

F • (514) 285-4505

dance@balletdivertimento.com

Hours of Operation

Monday

8am • 9:00pm

Tuesday

8am • 9:00pm

Wednesday

8am • 9:00pm

Thursday

8am • 9:00pm

Friday

8am • 4:30pm

Saturday (winter)

9h30am • 3:30pm

Saturday (summer)

10am • 1:00pm

Sunday

CLOSED

The School is closed

July 24 to august 13, 2017

September 4, 2017

October 9, 2017

From December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018

From March 31 to April 2, 2018

May 21, 2018