Agora is much more than dance performances. It is also creative workshops of all sorts, participative projects with schools, get-togethers, discussions and audience development activities. For close to 30 years we have been presenting numerous initiatives aimed at promoting contemporary dance and dance artists, bringing dance into the lives of young people, adults and families.

Families & Young Audiences

Since its inception, Agora has established close ties with young audiences by performing in schools and inviting students to attend shows along with their classmates or families. Every year, nearly 2000 elementary and high school students are introduced to contemporary dance through our outreach activities.

For more information about our youth activities and school matinees, please contact

Frédérique Doyon :
514 525-7575 poste 242

You can also complete tehe forms below. There’s one for each school levels.

Make a reservation (elementary)
Make a reservation high school students

Puzzle danse

An educational digital dance
For children 8 to 13

(Re)discover Puzzle danse, the creative web game of the Agora de la danse !
Helen Simard‘s distinctive artistic signature is now available in this interactive, educative and entertaining activity.

Enjoy this free, playful and educational activity on the Web!
Puzzle dance combines a digital puzzle with creative choreography.

4 unique puzzles to create a dream dance
3 exceptional choreographers: Ismaël Mouaraki (Compagnie Destins Croisés), Alexandra ”Spicey” Landé (Ebnfloh) and Helen Simard (We All Fall Down)
Designed for kids aged 8 to 13 years old
FREE and accessible on tablet and computer

Note that the Puzzle danse is available only on computers and tablets and that the game uses French language.

Discover Puzzle danse

Our sincere thanks to the Canada Council of the Arts for its support.

The students select the dance style and the music, and then cobble together bits of dance movement to create a choreography. They can then view and share the videos they have made.


  • Two video tutorial that presents the steps of a short dance excerpt.
  • Learn some Hip-Hop moves with Ebnfloh or explore contemporary with We All Fall Down
  • Two teaching kit, produced in association with the Centre de services scolaire de Montréal, are also available.
  • Workshop  in-school  dance workshops inspired by the Puzzle Danse with Destins Croisés,  Ebnfloh or We all Fall Down are available.

For reservations or questions, please contact Frédérique Doyon at

Conceived by our audience development specialist Frédérique Doyon.

School Matinee

Winter-Spring 2024

Dans les bras de Morphée | Helen Simard | We All Fall Down

High School : February 7, 2024 – 10 p.m.

Elementary : February 9, 2024 – 10 a.m.

Helen Simard explores dreams and the unconscious through contemporary and urban dance, with a touch of theatricality, mask play and live music.

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Dans les bras de Morphée | Helen Simard | We All Fall Down | © Do Phan Hoi
© Do Phan Hoi


Elementary and High school level

March 20 2024 – 12:30 P.M.

With alternating excerpts from the show being created and a question-and-answer session, five dancers interact with the students, shaping the rest of their creation.

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Koros – A Virutal Reality Experience

High School Students

Introducing a whole new way to learn, live and experience dance at Agora! Through the magic of the virtual reality headset, dive into the universe of two choreographic works: The Complex Simplicity of Love by Margie Gillis and Allegro Barbaro by Hélène Blackburn.
The experience is accompanied by a movement workshop led by an artist.

Please contact Frédérique Doyon for any questions

Koros can be experience at school or at Agora de la danse

Mediators bring VR headsets into the school.

Dance Discovery Workshops

Adapted to specific age levels, the Agora workshops include a warm-up session, improvisation or exploration games and the learning or creation of a mini-choreography. Available at any time upon request.

Artists Emmalie Ruest, Sonik Boom, Zoé Delsalle

Initiation to Movement

Artist-facilitator: Emmalie Ruest

Preschoolers and Grades 1 to 3

Discover the infinite possibilities of movement and the pleasure of dancing!

In the style of…

Artist-facilitator:  Zoé Delsalle

Grades 4 to 8 preferably

Students discover the keys to creativity and dance performance (physical awareness of the space, listening to others). They learn a dance excerpt from the company repertoire in the comfort of their living rooms, or they build a dance from scratch to be presented as a school show. Plunge into dance!

Introduction to Breakdance

Artist-facilitator: Sonik Boom

All ages

Students have fun learning the basic elements of breakdance and the primary tools for creating dance choreography: Top Rock, Go Down, Foot Work, Freeze, Power Move and Bounce.

NEW! Intro to Popping

Artist-facilitator: Forward Movement

All levels

Have fun learning the basics of this street dance with its famous robotic style.

NEW! Street dance creation

Artist-facilitator:  Foward Movement

All levels
Elementary and high school

Discover Forward Movement’s approach to street dance creation.

Atelier École La Mennais Emmalie Ruest © Svetla Atanasova
Atelier École La Mennais Emmalie Ruest © Svetla Atanasova
Atelier École Lanaudière Sonik Boom © Daniel Julien Inacio-Kirchlinde

Prix Agora de la danse

For 20 years, these awards have been appointed annually to the top dance students selected in dance departments or extracurricular dance programs at schools across Quebec (secondary and college levels). By doing this since the early 2000s, Agora de la danse hopes to light a spark, or even better, to nurture a lasting passion for dance among the young generation.

Recipients receive an Agora certificate, a pair of tickets for a series of our season’s shows and are invited to take part in a dance workshop in our studios conducted by a professional artist. 

Registrations open until April 1st 2024.

Register now !

Unique rendezvous with artists

Dance-related activities all year long. Agora de la danse offers many activities to a public curious about new ways of interacting with contemporary dance. Come into the studio and chat with the artists, attend a public rehearsal or take part in a movement workshop.


Keep an eye out for our Midi-coulisses lunchtime events! Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute get-together with a choreographer featured this season as he or she puts the finishing touches to a new work. Free sandwiches for the first to arrive!

Take a peek behind the scenes and talk to the artistic team a week before the premiere. Discover  the finishing touches to a new dance piece, a close-up look at the work that features one or more live excerpts as well as an interview with the artist. The public can also ask questions during the course of the conversation.

Midi-coulisses events are an opportunity to discover specific aspects of different approaches to dance creation. What is the choreographer working on one week before the première? How does she or he portray the body, that vital component of movement as art? How does he or she work with the dancers and other collaborators? These and other questions are part and parcel of the event.

12:15 to 12:45 Free event. Join Us !

Dans les bras de Morphée | Helen Simard | January 31 2024
Cutting through the noise | Alexandre Morin | March 27 2024

Hors Scène

A new activitie to experience dance in a different way

What are the artists in residency doing? What do they reflect on their everyday lives? How do these reflections enrich their pratice? By exploring some of the Agora’s artistic residencies, Hors-Scène moves beyond the strict scope of choreography and performance to take a broader look at dance and create new encounters between audiences and artists.

Winter 2024 : Spotlight on dance with Paul Chambers

With the help of participants, the lighting designer well-loved by the dance world – and winner of the Prix de la danse 2022 in the Discovery category – demonstrates his approach to lighting bodies in movement.

February 28 | 6 pm – 7 pm – Espace bleu – Free admission
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Winter 2024 : The breath of presence with Sylvie Cotton 

In this workshop, the visual artist invites participants to take part in a creative experiment applied to the links between body, breath and presence, themes at the heart of her research as well as her next creation for the Agora.

April 17 | 6 pm – 7 pm – Espace blanc – Free Admission
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Autumn 2023 : Dance on film / Cinédanse

A selection of short films on dance, concocted by Priscilla Guy+Emilie Morin | Mandoline Hydride

Explore the relationship between body and screen, then watch a selection of short dance films put into context by the co-choreographers.

November 6 | 6 pm – 7 pm – Espace bleu – Free admission
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First Nations perspectives with Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine and Ivanie Aubin-Malo.
Discover the giants of the Innu and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) nations who inhabit the two artists’ new hybrid work.

December 4, 2023 | 6 pm – 7 pm – Espace blanc – Free Admission
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Meet the Artists

Post-show encounters. A series of interdisciplinary discussions full of opinions and unruly voices. Meet the artists on Thursday evenings after the performance.


These short video capsules present quick portraits of a few selected artists from our season. Each is asked three questions, and the answers provide a glimpse of their daily lives: intimate moments, their daily routines and a look at them rehearsing or creating new dance works in the studio.