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.
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.
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.