Academy Program


The Academy Program is available to students in Years 7 - 12.

With thanks to considerable financial and ideological support from the Premier and the State Government of Queensland, Queensland Ballet Academy has been recognised as a world-class ballet training organisation offering a comprehensive industry-aligned, professional training pathway for Queensland, national and international dance students. 

Academy Program

The Academy Program is comprehensively designed to help develop students' skills to the highest artistic and technical standards. Students enrolled in this program enjoy the privilege and benefit of working within a professional environment to prepare them for a career in ballet or dance.

All Queensland Ballet Academy Programs are overseen by Queensland Ballet's Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO, under the guidance of Academy Director, Christian Tátchev.

#Program information


The Academy Program is available to students in Years 7 - 12. In partnership with the Queensland Department of Education, the Academy Program allows students to undertake face-to-face secondary academic studies at Kelvin Grove State College. Students who successfully complete the program also receive a Statement of Attainment endorsed by Queensland Ballet and the Department of Education. Vocational Education and Training accredited courses are also available, for example, Diploma of Business, through Kelvin Grove State College.

This program consists of half-day of dance and half-day of academic studies, with further dance subjects offered on Saturdays for Levels 3 - 1. It covers all aspects of classical ballet training including daily class, pas de deux, repertoire, pointe and male technique, as well as training in classical character dance, contemporary dance, and body conditioning and male fitness. Additional supplementary subjects, such as musicality studies, choreography and improvisation, ballet history, drama and mime, career preparation, and sessions focusing on safe dance practice, performance psychology and sports nutrition are also offered throughout the course*.

*Additional studies are offered based on level of training. Some levels may not offer these courses.


Program structure

Levels 6 - 4 (Years 7 - 9) undertake academic classes at Kelvin Grove State College each weekday morning, followed by dance training at the Academy building from 1.45pm. Finish times vary between 5.00pm and 6.30pm each evening. Please note weekly schedules and start/finish times are subject to change as required.
The level by level dance training component is outlined below.

Level 6

Year 7
14 hours per week (across 5 days)

  • Classical Ballet 
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness 
  • Technique and Repertoire

Level 5

Year 8
15.5 hours per week (across 5 days)

  • Classical Ballet 
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness 
  • Technique and Repertoire

Level 4

Year 9
17 hours per week (across 5 days)

  • Classical Ballet 
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness 
  • Technique and Repertoire
  • Historical Dance

Levels 3 - 1 (Years 10 - 12) undertake dance training at the Academy building from 8.00am, followed by academic classes at Kelvin Grove State College from 1.50pm - 4.45pm each weekday. These levels also have dance training on Saturdays from 8.00am - 1.00pm (approx.). Please note weekly schedules and start/finish times are subject to change as required.


The level by level dance training component is outlined below.

Level 3

Year 10
21.5 hours per week (across 6 days)

  • Classical Ballet 
  • Character Dance
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness 
  • Pas de Deux
  • Technique and Repertoire
  • Additional Studies (extra 3 - 5hrs/wk) 

Level 1-2

Years 11 and 12
23 hours per week (across 6 days)

  • Classical Ballet 
  • Character Dance
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness 
  • Pas de Deux
  • Technique and Repertoire
  • Additional Studies (extra 3 - 5hrs/wk)

Year 12^

23 hours per week (across 6 days) 

  • Classical Ballet  
  • Pointe 
  • Contemporary Dance  

  • Body Conditioning, Yoga and Male Fitness  

  • Pas de Deux and Contemporary Partnering techniques 

  • Improvisation 

  • Repertoire 

  • Additional Studies (extra 3 - 5hrs/wk) 

^ Students entering Year 12 in 2022. Those entering Year 11 or their first year out of the Australian school system (Year 13) may also be considered.


Queensland Ballet Academy has received a positive notice of recognition from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) for the Academy Program (Upper School – Levels 3 to 1). Recognition by this Queensland Government statutory body allows students completing each level of the Academy Program (Upper School) to attain credit points which will contribute to their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Read more about the accreditation


Entry into the Academy Program is by invitation or audition. 

Auditions for 2023 enrolment are now open - see audition information here.

Late auditions for all other Academy Program levels may be considered. Please direct enquiries to the Academy team at academy@queenslandballet.com.au


Level 1 Transitional Course

Level 1 Transitional Course

The Level 1 Transitional Course provides an opportunity for young dancers to maintain strong classical ballet technique while specialising further in the contemporary genre. This course focuses on preparing students for a career pathway in the contemporary, modern or neo-classical genres.

Training will consist of classical ballet, pointe, contemporary technique, pas de deux/duo work, repertoire, improvisation, choreography and body conditioning, yoga and male fitness. Additional supplementary subjects, such as drama and mime, career preparation, and sessions focusing on safe dance practice, performance psychology and sports nutrition are also offered throughout the course.

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Academy fees

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FAQs

Have more questions about Academy's training programs? Find more information with our frequently asked questions.

Auditions

Academy programs require students to participate in an audition process before enrolling.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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