LADMMI

:: About the School

Mission

LADMMI is recognized for the rigorous training it provides its students. It prepares professional and versatile dancers through quality instruction as well as technical, artistic and personal development tools, thus opening the door to a career in today’s world of contemporary dance. LADMMI, which was founded in 1981, is affiliated with Cégep du Vieux Montréal and accredited by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.

At LADMMI, we believe it is our responsibility to promote innovation and research in all sectors related to contemporary dance.

Our challenging and rigorous program develops versatility and creativity in our dance artists so that they can meet the demands of the international professional milieu.

If your spirit and passion for dance set you apart and you are driven by a firm desire to be fully committed to creation, LADMMI is the place for you.

What sets us apart

LADMMI’s particular approach is defined as the union of two essential components in the make-up of the dance artist: a profound search for his/her own creative uniqueness combined with the mastery of the dancer’s rigorous technique. This technique is acquired through an understanding of the body as well as intense and disciplined work with guest teachers who share a similar vision. Another essential focus of the training is reflection on the art, the movements made and their significance.

LADMMI’s objective is to bring out each individual’s uniqueness and help them realize their full artistic and technical potential for entry into the job market.

Mandate

To offer high-quality instruction through various training programs, including the diploma of collegial studies (DCS in collaboration with Cégep du Vieux Montréal), the attestation of collegial studies (ACS), preparatory classes for auditions, summer school, open classes for professionals and recreational classes for the general public;
To offer complementary services that foster students’ artistic, technical, physical and intellectual potential (health services, learning assistance, media library, etc.);
To organize activities and services that facilitate the entry of graduates into the job market;
To develop partnerships with the public and private education sectors at high school, college and university levels;
To organize national and international exchanges within the dance milieu and with cultural organizations such as the Pépinières européennes, the Association des écoles supérieures d’art de Montréal (ADÉSAM), the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD), the Festival Danse Canada (FDC), the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT), the École de danse de Québec, and the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg.

Major historical milestones

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1981
In 1981, Linda Rabin and Candace Loubert found the École Linda Rabin Danse Moderne in the Belgo building in Montreal. They work with many professionals in the field, using an approach based on physical training, the creative process and somatic techniques. The soul of the institution is thus influenced by the techniques developed by masters such as Graham, Limon, Alexander, Summers, Thiele, Pochinko, Dowd and Skinner.

Although they are no longer with LADMMI, they left an immense legacy behind them. Today, the school continues their work with a focus on modernity that is in line with their philosophies.

1984
The School becomes incorporated and its name changes to Les Ateliers de danse moderne de Montréal inc. After conducting a study on the training needs of the modern dance performer, the Ministère des Affaires culturelles gives LADMMI the mandate to develop a professional training program.

First internationally renowned guest teachers are welcomed. Since that time, LADMMI has been inviting teachers from abroad on an annual basis.

1985
The first group of students undertakes a six-month intensive training program as part of a pilot project. Due to the demands of the profession, the training program is soon extended to two years.

1987
First graduates of the two-year professional training program.

1991
LADMMI obtains the status of professional college from the Ministère de l’Éducation. The training program is extended to three years.

Linda Rabin leaves the school and Candace Loubert assumes responsibility for managing the school.

1994
Creation and implementation of a program leading to an attestation of college studies (ACS).

1996
The school acquires new, more spacious facilities in the Belgo building.

Candace Loubert leaves. Tassy Teekman takes over as Artistic Director.

1997
First inter-school exchange with the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Quebec’s first participation at the Pépinières européennes, a project that is monitored by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Through this project, LADMMI invites a young European choreographer in a creation residence every second year.

First graduating class in the ACS program.

1998
Christine Bouchard joins the school as its first General Manager.

1999
After several years of studies and negotiations, the DCS in contemporary dance is approved by the Ministère de l’Éducation. LADMMI is one of the schools authorized to offer the program in affiliation with Cégep du Vieux Montréal. The first students are admitted into the DCS program.

2005
In December 2005, Robin Colyer leaves her position as education and studies director after many years of loyal service, including two as the artistic director of the school.

Lucie Boissinot signs on as the Artistic Director and Head of Teaching Programs.

2006
On November 17, Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications announces that LADMMI will receive a subsidy to build facilities that are better suited to teaching and learning dance. Construction of the new facilities should start in fall 2009.

2007
The name Les Ateliers de danse moderne de Montréal inc. is officially changed to LADMMI, the acronym by which the establishment is known in the world of contemporary dance. The descriptive signature that accompanies it, “The School of contemporary dance” clearly states the nature of its activities.