big bang training

BIG BANG is a 4-month dance program in contemporary dance held in Montreal

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.

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.

Discover the artistic and creative experience lived by the artists participating in BIG BANG. This video directed by Marc-Antoine Turcotte was shot during the BIG BANG 9 program which ended on May 13. Thanks to Marc-Antoine, the artists and teachers of this program.

What is the content of the dance program?

The BIG BANG dance program 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.

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 dates of the next programs?

Autumn Program

(program #12)

From August 28 to December 17, 2023

Deadline: April 3rd, 2023


Winter Program

(program #11)

From January 23 to May 12, 2023

Auditions closed


Next audition

To attend autunm dance programm

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 to


April 3, 2023


What are the prices?


2 520$ (tx. incl.) 


- Option 1 : 630$ before 01/12/2022 et 1890$ before 23/01/2023

- Option 2 : 630$ avant le 01/12/2022, 630$ before le 23/01, 630$ before 20/02 and 630$ before  20/03 


- Les artistes, membres du RQD, peuvent bénéficier du programme de soutien à l’entraînement en danse

- Les artistes canadiens peuvent déposer une demande de bourse de perfectionnement au Conseil des Arts et de Lettres du Québec (CALQ) et/ou au Conseil des Art du Canada (CAC)

Team of teachers and guests speakers - program #9 

Director and contemporary dance : Stéphanie Decourteille

Coordinator: Sarah Lafortune 

Acrodanse: Nicole Jacobs & Vincent Jutras

​Bungee danse : Johanna Simon

Partner work: Stéphanie Decourteille

Directed improvisation workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille

Multidisciplinary workshops: Mariela Borello

Choreographic workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille &Louise Michelle Jackson

Choreographic workshop: Corpus Collective - José Flores et Cyndie Gravel 

Creation workshop: Audrey Bergeron and Vincent Jutras

​Repertoire workshop: Sophie Breton

​Ballet : Stéphanie Decourteille

Capoeira Angola: Fabrice Koffy

Contemporary dance: Charles Alexis Dégagné

Contemporary dance: Louise Michelle Jackson

Warm-up, prevention and strengthening: Liliane Moussa 
Essentric: Ellyn Ochs

Handbalancing: Eliane Bonin

Floorwork: Victoria Mackenzie

Floorwork: Stéphanie Decourteille

Flow & floorwork: Charles Brécard

Hip Hop FreeStyle: Jaleesa Coligny

Theatre: Agathe Foucault

Jumpstyle: Camille Dubé 

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

LFTDCLASS : Nicholas Bellefleur

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

Video: Julien Blais

Wushu: Phi Nguyen

Yoga: Sarah Buono-Fredette  &Ajouna Bao-Lavoie



"With Big Bang I was introduced to so many artists, not only the ones I danced alongside with, but also the many teachers and professionals that came to teach us. All of them were very human and open to make connections inside and outside of the classroom. I felt like I matured a lot during Big Bang. I had many "firsts", as in taking classes I had never taken before, creating my own work, speaking a new language, meeting people from around the world, ... I felt like it was the perfect place to face all of this novelty and now I feel more confident and experienced for future experiences. I don’t think I could have fallen into better hands than Stéphanie’s. She is an amazing artist, wonderful teacher, marvelous director and an incredibly sensible person. The intensive is carefully crafted in a beautiful studio, bringing vitality and creativity to the artists for their creations."

Ciro Melgaço

BIG BANG graduate  - Program 9

(Photo : Helena Valles) 

About Stéphanie Decourteille

Founder,  artistic and educational director


Professionally trained in both ballet and contemporary dance, Stephanie Decourteille has achieved the artistic role of instructor, choreographer, dancer and artistic counsellor. Throughout her years of training and acquaintances with leading heads in the scene (Rudy Bryans, Corinne Lanselle, Bruno Agati, Manon Barbeau etc.), she defines and tirelessly reinvents her signature choreographic style. "Vertiges", her first danced solo and short dance film reasoned the recognition from her peers and fueled her international visibility. In November 2015, Stephanie left Montreal for Guadeloupe (FR) to create a new dance center . She also supports professional and amateur artists by offering master classes and weekly classes in Montreal. Since January 2018, by creating BIG BANG an intensive training in contemporary dance, Stéphanie welcomes artists who wish to improve their and technical and artistic skills.

Discover the testimonies of the artists of the BIG BANG 7 program in a video directed by Etienne De Durocher. 

Graduates program #9

17/01 to 13/05/2022

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

23/08 to 17/12/2021

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

25/01 to 21/05/2021

Amandine Boulineau Pillet

Anna-Maude Lamontagne

Audrey Sargent

Antonin Desmarais

Cachou Trudel-Langevin

Camille Mougenot

Camille Scully

Gabriela Jovian-Mazon

Laura Borello Bellemare

Laurie Gaudichon

Marianne Mercier-Dulac

Samuel Terzis

Sarah Lafortune

Shania Leblanc

Graduates program #6

24/08 to 18/12/2020

Anna-Maude Lamontagne

Antonin Desmarais

Audrey Sargent

Cachou Trudel-Langevin

Camille Mougenot

Camille Scully

Florine Gall

Jeanne Théroux-Laplante

Laura Borello Bellemare

Laura Perron

Marianne Mercier-Dulac

Samuel Terzis

Sarah Lafortune 

Thibault Ayrinhac

Graduates program #4

26/08 to 19/12/2019

Agathe Stopin

Emeline Descharles

Florine Gall

Guillaume Roberts-Cambron

Emeline Descharles

Jordan Brown

Julia Soares Weiss

Laila Mestari

Laurence Patenaude

Maia Thomlinson

Maryline Martias

Sadiya Lopinto

Sarah Barone

Sarah Lafortune

Graduates program #3

14/01 to 09/05/2019

Aram Dermenjian 

Etienne-St Pierre

Lauranne Faubert-Guay

Maia Thomlinson

Sophia El Iraki 

Thaïna Rosinvil

Rameez Karim

Graduates program #2

28/08 to 16/12/2018

Camélia Letendre

Etienne-St Pierre

Lauranne Faubert-Guay

Gabriela Jovian-Mazon 

Pénélope Quevillon

Sophia El Iraki

Graduates program #1

16/01 to 04/05/2018

Be Heintzman-Hope

Chanel Cheiban

Chelsea Chen

Shanyca Eli-Leconte

Thaïna Rosinvil 

Pénélope Quevillon