From the moment you arrive in the Department of Contemporary Dance, we treat you as an emerging artist. You stage your own choreographies, collaborate across disciplines, and perform in new works created by your peers.
We are one of the only university dance programs in the world where professors and external choreographers don’t choreograph on students. Instead, we provide you with the conditions to discover and define your own aesthetic, method and process, in a learning environment that embraces an inclusive artistic relationship between mentor and student.
Students will have numerous opportunities to present their work and take part in performances throughout the year.
We’re a close-knit department located in the heart of the best dance city in North America: Montreal. Our faculty and students are connected with the city’s independent and experimental performance culture. Our students are self-starters and community-minded. Not only will you leave as a dancer and choreographer, you’ll probably also know how to run lights, do technical production and curate an event or run a show.
Angélique Willkie Inducted as a Royal Society of Canada Fellow
Associate Professor Angélique Willkie, renowned for her pedagogical, performance, and advocacy work in Contemporary Dance, has been honored as a fellow by the Royal Society of Canada. With a career spanning 30 years, Willkie's contributions include a video documentation by Espace Perreault in 2022, showcasing her teaching philosophies. Recently, she received the Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022 for her solo "Confession publique" and was recognized by Concordia University's Provost for her leadership against Anti-Black Racism.