Pre-Professional Program

Queensland Ballet Academy provides pathways for dancers wishing to continue professional training on completion of their senior schooling.

This is a full-time final year training program providing students with the preparation and training they require before joining a professional ballet company. 

Pre-Professional Program

Students work intensively to develop their skills to the highest artistic and technical standards, and are given the opportunity to perform in Company productions and at other Queensland Ballet events throughout the year.  

The training our students receive will prepare them for potential employment with Queensland Ballet, or any other Australian or international company. Daily training is provided by Queensland Ballet’s Artistic and Academy staff and the Company’s associate teachers. 

Following the successful completion of the Pre-Professional Program, dancers are ready to audition for Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker Young Artist Program. Becoming a Young Artist serves as an apprentice entry into Queensland Ballet Company.

#Program structure

All Queensland Ballet Academy programs are overseen by Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO, and students enjoy the privilege and benefit of working within a professional environment.

Post-secondary school training 

Full-time training across 6 days per week

  • Classical Ballet   
  • Repertoire   
  • Pas de deux   
  • Pointe work  and Male Technique
  • Contemporary Dance and Improvisation  
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness  
  • Career Preparation and Planning

Program entry

Entry into the Pre-Professional Program is by invitation or audition.

Audition information

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Academy fees

Find out all information relating to Academy fees and financial support.


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


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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