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Located along the Lachine Canal, LADC | The Académie de Danse Classique was founded in 1980 by Renée Rouleau, under the name L'Académie de Ballet Renée Rouleau. For 20 years as principal and principal teacher, she founded a school offering a high level of training for young aspiring professionals as well as for recreational dance students. While paying special attention to the needs of each of her students, she focused on technique, placement, quality of movement and above all love of dance.

In 1999, Linda Marchand, a former student of the academy, became artistic director of the academy. She integrated modern dance and jazz ballet into the school curriculum as they are essential tools for professional dancers today.


In 2015, Katia Lacelle, also a former student of the academy, became artistic director of the academy. Passionate about movement, Katia has a great desire to develop each of her students and share her acquired knowledge with them.

Students from the academy have the chance to participate in the end-of-year show and also have the opportunity to take internationally recognized exams. The school's students successfully participated in the Cecchetti Quebec choreographic competition where they received first, second and third places. Over the years, many Academy students were accepted into professional programs such as the National Ballet School, Alberta Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Banff Center for the Arts, The Montreal Contemporary Dance School (Ladmmi) and Montreal Superior Ballet School. Some students have reached professional careers with prestigious companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal and the National Ballet de Berlin.

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