Professional Ballet Program

School of Dance

About

The School of Dance’s full-time Professional Ballet Program is designed for dancers aged 12-17 years looking to explore a professional career in dance. With a focus on developing versatile dancers through exposure to a variety of disciplines and techniques, our full-time programming will challenge and inspire students in a supportive environment.

Students are instructed and mentored by our distinguished faculty and prominent guest instructors. Faculty will nurture each dancer’s individual strengths and promise, with ballet-centred programming developed to build artistic potential and refine technique. Dancer health and safe training practices are at the forefront of our curriculum which aims to prepare students for the demands of a career in dance. Class sizes are limited to ensure individual attention and development.

Graduates of our Professional Ballet Program can be found dancing in various companies and post secondary dance programs, as well as pursuing academic studies in university programs, throughout the world.

Course of Study

During the academic year (September to June) students in the full-time Professional Ballet Program can expect daily dance classes both during the day and evenings, weekdays and weekends, with additional performance  opportunities and rehearsals included. Scheduling will be coordinated with academic studies. Students are also required to attend our annual Summer Dance Intensive in August.

Technique classes include: classical ballet, pointe, modern dance, jazz, character, composition and conditioning for the dancer’s body. Students will also study
dance history, variation and repertoire development, and for dancers deemed ready by faculty, pas de deux.

Customized training for each student will be provided through weekly private lessons for individualized coaching.

Full-time students will be assessed on an ongoing basis each year. Students who meet program standards and challenges will be invited to return for the following year, and are not required to attend a formal audition.