Taking the leap

Welcome to Taking the Leap: an online guidebook to production and presentation for emerging contemporary dance choreographers in Montreal. This guide is geared towards recent graduates, self-taught artists and those new to the city. The sections below offer tools and insight into the logistics of production and presentation, while demystifying some practical aspects of being a professional artist in Montreal. To your right is a link towards our searchable directory of emerging artist-friendly presenters, resources and venues. 

The nine chapters of this guide cover a range of different subjects. Because the path of production is not necessarily linear, and every artists’ process is different, they should not be read as a ‘step-by-step’ approach. Rather, each section discusses a specific practical aspect of producing a dance performance, which may or may not be relevant to your individual situation. While we strive to provide an overview of how productions are often realized, it is important to note that it is not necessarily the only way, the best way, or the way it should be. 

There are many different paths towards a professional career in Montreal. We hope this guide can help you to get started!