Foundation Program


Now the first point of entry into the Queensland Ballet Academy's professional training pathway, the new Foundation Program will see boys and girls from 8 – 11 years old enjoy an introduction to elite ballet training.

The Foundation Program is delivered at our new world-class facilities at Kelvin Grove and comprehensive details are provided below.

Foundation Program

Through preparatory classes and complimentary activities conducted within a professional and well-being focused environment, Queensland Ballet Academy's teachers will guide, inspire and nurture children to develop a love for the artform of ballet.

The primary focus of the Foundation Program is to provide boys and girls with formative ballet tuition and to develop a love for the artform. This brand new program is designed for children in the Brisbane metropolitan area and is delivered after school hours, on weekday afternoons.

Following a Foundation Program Selection Experience, students will be placed into one of three levels from Levels 9 - 7. Age is only used as a guide when placing students into these levels, and ongoing coaching and feedback monitor appropriate student placement and progression.

#Program Information


The primary focus of the Foundation Program is to provide boys and girls with formative ballet tuition and to develop a love for the artform. This brand new program is designed for children in the Brisbane metropolitan area and is delivered after school hours, on weekday afternoons.

Following a Foundation Program Selection Experience, students will be placed into one of three levels from Levels 9 - 7. Age is only used as a guide when placing students into these levels, and ongoing coaching and feedback monitor appropriate student placement and progression.

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While Queensland Ballet Academy's world-class facilities are based at Kelvin Grove State College, the Foundation Program is open to students from across the Brisbane metropolitan area. Acceptance into the program is through a Foundation Program Selection Experience event, or by invitation. 

  • Prior dance or ballet experience is beneficial however not essential
  • Children must be no younger than 8 and no older than 11 years and 9 months of age at the first day of the program
  • Children may be enrolled at any school within the Brisbane metropolitan area in a minimum academic level of Year 3 and maximum Year 6
  • We welcome boys and girls who may have anywhere from a fledgling curiosity to an avid interest in dance
  • Children already enjoying dance classes elsewhere may continue those activities alongside the Foundation Program

Registrations are now open for our upcoming Selection Experience event on Monday 13 June.

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The Foundation Program operates across the four terms of the Queensland state school calendar year. Delivered after school hours, children may participate in up to 3 or 4 afternoon sessions a week, depending on their enrolment level. 

Each afternoon session includes a ballet class as well as complimentary activities designed to enhance the child's experience and development. These activities are optional and provide flexibility to families' who have varying travel times and routines.

  • Classroom activities - may include ballet history sessions, video viewing to provide an early introduction to famous Classical Ballet excerpts or viewing of recorded classes executed by ballet students from QB Academy or other professional ballet training organisations.
  • Practical activities - may include body conditioning, stretch or improvisation sessions, or rehearsals to develop the skill of learning choreography.

Activities will be confirmed within the schedule well before the start of each Term.

Weekly schedule^

LevelAge*Minimum Sessions/weekMaximum Sessions/weekDaysComplete SessionClass Times
98-913Monday
Wednesday
Friday
3.30pm - 5.45pm4.15pm - 5.15pm
89-1013Tuesday Wednesday
Thursday
3.30pm - 5.45pm4.15pm - 5.15pm
710-1124Monday
Tuesday
Thursday
Friday
3.30pm - 6.00pm4.30pm - 6.00pm

*Age is only used as a guide when placing students into levels. Ongoing coaching and feedback are used to monitor appropriate student placement and progression.

^Subject to change.


Students are required to wear a set uniform available from Bloch Dancewear. For girls, this includes a leotard, tights and canvas ballet shoes and for boys, a top, shorts, socks and canvas ballet shoes (approx. $120 per student). 


Each semester, parents/carers and studio teachers will have an opportunity to observe Foundation Program ballet classes. Students who have participated in the optional additional sessions, may also have simple repertoire (dance material) which could be demonstrated at this time. Dates for these viewing opportunities will be advised at the beginning of each term.


Queensland Ballet is committed to forging collaborative relationships with the teachers and dance organisations of our local and global dance community. We respectfully acknowledge the teachers and studios from which Queensland Ballet Academy students originate. A list can be found on our Academy Supporters page, along with information about all our industry partners and supporters.

Foundation Program students may continue participating in external dance and/or other physical activities, however parents/carers are encouraged give careful consideration to not overloading their child. Suitable load will vary for each individual and professional guidance may be sought from a physiotherapist or sports physician.


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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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