Bridge Program Policies

Our Policies and Procedures are in accordance with the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and are fully explained in our Student Enrolment Contract. They are also listed below for convenience.

 

Health and Safety Policy

Victoria Academy of Ballet is committed to providing a healthy and safe working and learning environment for all employees and students. Our objective is to conduct our business in the safest possible manner consistent with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in British Columbia.

Victoria Academy of Ballet recognizes the right of workers to work in a safe and healthy work environment and is committed to eliminating the hazards that cause accidents and injuries. No task is to be regarded as so urgent that time cannot be taken to ensure the safety of the individual and others. The welfare of the individual is our greatest concern.

In order to teach and correct dance movement and technique, instructors need to make physical contact with students. Victoria Academy of Ballet ensures that such contact is applied in a professional manner at all times.

The following Safety Policy will be observed by all employees, contractors, students and visitors. All employees, contractors, students and visitors are required to make every effort to ensure that Victoria Academy of Ballet meets all legislative requirements and maintains the highest safety standards. These rules apply to all activities.

 

Privacy Policy

The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) governs the way private sector organizations in British Columbia collect, use, disclose and secure personal information. Personal information means all information about an identifiable individual, but does not include business contact information such as the name, position, business telephone, e-mail, and fax numbers of an individual.

At Victoria Academy of Ballet we are committed to respecting your right to privacy. We acknowledge the sensitivity of personal information which may be provided to us in the course of our business. We recognize our responsibility for ensuring the confidentiality and security of your personal information in our custody and control. Ensuring the accuracy of your personal information is our joint responsibility.

We collect student/customer personal information for the following purposes:

  • To provide education and training services;
  • To maintain student records as required by PCTIA and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education
  • To keep students, parents and graduates informed of activities of the school
  • To issue T2202A as in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency

Personal, privileged and/or confidential information about students may only be collected, used, disclosed and retained for the purposes identified by Victoria Academy of Ballet as necessary, and only after such purpose has been disclosed to students prior to collection and their consent obtained. All Employees and Contractors must ensure that no personal, privileged and/or confidential student information is disclosed without the students consent and then only if security procedures are satisfied. Student information is only to be accessed by Employees and Contractors with appropriate authorization.

Victoria Academy of Ballet retains the full student file for a period of seven (7) years following the student’s withdrawal, dismissal or graduation. After seven years, the full student record is destroyed using a secure destruction method.

Victoria Academy of Ballet uploads a copy of the Enrolment Contract, Final Transcript and credential (Diploma) to an approved third-party vendor. These records are retained for a period of fifty-five (55) years by the third party vendor.

Student information that is the subject of a request by an individual or a Privacy Commission shall be retained as long as necessary to allow individuals to exhaust any recourse they may have under PIPEDA or PIPA.

Concerns or complaints related to privacy issues must be made, in writing, to the Executive Director or Artistic Director setting out the details of the concern or complaint. The Executive Director or Artistic Director shall investigate the matter forthwith and make a determination related to the resolution of the concern(s) or complaint(s).

 

Admission Requirements & Auditions

Applicants should be 19 years of age, or possess a complete Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent. If under 19, applicant must have parent or legal guardian’s consent and signature on the enrolment agreement and be able to demonstrate the maturity and technical ability required for the Bridge Program. All applicants must have a valid passport and, for International Students, an updated study permit.

Admission is through a successful audition, interview and print application.

All applicants must provide an audition package including;

  • Documentation of a student’s dance and training history in resume/CV format
  •  Confirmation of advanced technical ability and performance level via audition(s) in person, through video, and/or a short‐term trial process (e.g. Professional Summer Intensive Program)
  • Must demonstrate the potential to become a professional dancer as well as reaching a high level of ballet technique acceptable to the Program Director.
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Must keep a valid passport and, for International Students, also an updated study permit.

 

The audition may be done in person or by the submission of a DVD that follows standard ballet criteria and protocols. Auditions will be conducted by the Director and/or the Bridge Program Director. Applicants submitting a DVD audition should wear proper classical attire (leotard and pink tights). The video should be no longer than 15 minutes in total and include the following;

Brief personal introduction

Barre work including:

  • battements tendus & glisses/degages
  • plies
  • battements tendus & glisses/degages
  •  rond‐de‐jambe a terre & battements fondus
  •  adage
  • grand battements

Centre work including (women en pointe):

  •  ports‐de‐bras & adage
  • pirouette both en dehors and en dedans
  • small allegro
  • grande allegro using spatial awareness
  • batterie step

A short, variation of either classical or contemporary choreography

Applicants will be notified in writing in a timely manner.

VAB does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.

 

Refund Policy

1. A student may be entitled to a refund of tuition fees in the event that:

    • The student provides written notice to the institution that he or she is withdrawing from the program; or
    • The institution provides written notice to the student advising that the student has been dismissed from the program.

2. The written notice of withdrawal or dismissal may be delivered in any manner provided that a receipt or other verification is available that indicates the date on which the notice is delivered.

3. The notice of withdrawal or dismissal is deemed to be effective from the date it is delivered.

4. The refund to which a student is entitled is calculated on the total tuition fees due under the contract. Where total tuition fees have not yet been collected, the institution is not responsible for refunding more than has been collected to date and a student may be required to make up for monies due under the contract.

5. If the institution has received fees in excess of the amount it is entitled to under the student contract, the excess amount must be refunded.

6. Refund policy for students:

Refunds before the program of study begins:

  • If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution within 7 days after the contract is made, and before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract, the institution may retain 5% of the total tuition and fees due under the contract to a maximum of $250.
  • If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution 30 days or more before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract and more than 7 days after the contract was made, the institution may retain 10% of total tuition only due under the contract to a maximum of $1000.
  • Subject to Section 6(a)(1) above, if written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution less than 30 days before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract, and more than 7 days after the contract was made, the institution may retain 20% of the total tuition only, due under the contract to a maximum of $1300.

Refunds after the program of study starts:

  • If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution or a student is dismissed before 10% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, the institution may retain 30% of the tuition due under the contract.
  • If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution, or a student is dismissed after 10% and before 30% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, the institution may retain 50% of the tuition due under the contract.
  • If a student withdraws or is dismissed after 30% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, no refund is required.

7. Where a student did not meet the institutional and/or program specific minimum requirements for admission through no misrepresentation or fault of their own, the institution must refund all tuition and fees paid under the contract, less the applicable non-refundable student application or registration fee.

8. Where a student withdraws or is dismissed from their program, they are entitled to 100% refund of any as-yet to be received consumables that have been pre-paid.

9. Where a student withdraws or is dismissed from their program after receiving technical equipment from the institution free of charge:

  • The student must return the equipment unopened or as issued within 14 calendar days; and
  • If the student fails to return the equipment as set out above, the institution may deduct the reasonable cost of the equipment from any amount to be refunded to the student.

10. Refunds owed to students must be paid within 30 days of the institution receiving written notification of withdrawal and all required supporting documentation, or within 30 days of an institution’s written notice of dismissal.

Where the delivery of the program of study is through home study or distance education, refunds must be based on the percent of the program of study completed at the rates as set out in Section 7 above.

 

Dispute Resolution Policy

Victoria Academy of Ballet is committed to providing a working and learning environment in which students are treated with respect and dignity. We acknowledge the right of all students to seek assistance from the Artistic Director to resolve disagreements, including grading.

We are committed to an open, collaborative approach to dealing with student concerns, and we will endeavor to resolve complaints at an informal level wherever possible. Should this not be successful, students have the option of initiating a formal complaint.

This policy is to be followed in the event of a student initiated complaint regarding instruction or services at the Victoria Academy of Ballet. A student may wish to seek advice to ensure that this policy is appropriate to the concern being raised. The goal of the Dispute Resolution Policy is timely and successful resolution of the complaint.

Student confidentiality will be maintained through the process. The student will not be discriminated against nor have adverse consequences on the status of the complainant in their program of studies as a result of using the Dispute Resolution Policy.

For the appeal of student marks, please see the Grade Appeal Policy.

 

Grade Appeal Policy

Victoria Academy of Ballet is committed to ensuring that policies and procedures that affect students are consistently applied. It is recognized that, from time to time, a student may feel he/she has been treated unjustly in the application of a policy or procedure or may disagree with an academic/artistic decision. In these cases the student has the right to appeal.

This policy covers appeals regarding grades, evaluation procedures, and academic penalties. It does not cover harassment; these are dealt with under the Dispute Resolution Policy and Dismissal Policy.

The student will not be discriminated against as a result of using the Grade Appeal Policy.

 

Withdrawal Policy

Students who wish to withdraw from the VAB Professional Bridge Program will be asked to provide their withdrawal notice, in writing (including the date) to the Director(s).

Should a student need to withdraw from the program due to chronic injury or illness some concessions may be given;

  • Studio and performance hours and academic modules are required for completion of the course. A student who is unable to participate in the required studio hours may not be eligible for a passing grade.
  • The student may request for a Deferral and continue their studies;
    • As soon as they are able to return to the program providing they have not missed more than 30 days.
    • At the beginning of the program (August) and continue the time deferred into the following year to complete their courses to be eligible for graduation.
  • Students who miss 30 days or more, over the full duration of the program will be assessed before the end of the second year (April-May) to determine if they are of the technical standard required for graduation.
  • VAB will make every effort to accommodate the student with options or alternatives to meet their needs.

Any fee adjustments or refunds will be forthcoming as applicable to the individual situation and according to the Refund Policy.

 

Dismissal Policy

Victoria Academy of Ballet expects students to meet and adhere to a code of conduct while completing a program of study. The list below outlines the code of conduct that all students are expected to follow. If needed, students should request clarification from the Program Director if they have any questions.

Expectations for Students:

  • Attend classes in accordance with the Attendance Policy.
  • Treat all students and staff with respect.
  • Dress according to the school’s Uniform Policy.
  • Treat school property with respect.
  • Complete all assignments and examinations on the scheduled completion dates.
  • VAB forbids; disruptive or offensive classroom behavior; bringing weapons of any kind (i.e. knives, guns) to school; bringing any alcohol or any prohibited mood altering substances to the institution; making inappropriate remarks concerning another student or staff’s ethnicity, race, religion or sexual orientation and any other conduct which is determined to be detrimental or damaging to other students, staff members or VAB.
  • Any other conduct which is determined to be detrimental or damaging to the other students, staff members or VAB.

Any of the following, if substantiated, may result in immediate dismissal without a warning letter or probationary period:

  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault or other violent acts committed on or off campus against any student
  • Verbal abuse or threats
  • Vandalism of school property
  • Theft

Victoria Academy of Ballet reserves the right to request that a student withdraw or defer their studies from the program if the student develops serious health concerns which, in the opinion of the Artistic Director or Program Director, need to be addressed at home. Concessions may be given;

  • Studio and performance hours and academic modules are required for completion of the course. A student who is unable to participate in the required studio hours may not be eligible for a passing grade.
  • The student may request for a Deferral and continue their studies;
    • As soon as they are able to return to the program providing they have not missed more than 30 days.
    • At the beginning of the program (August) and continue the time deferred into the following year to complete their courses to be eligible for graduation.
  • Students who miss 30 days or more, over the full duration of the program will be assessed before the end of the second year (April-May) to determine if they are of the technical standard required for graduation.
  • VAB will make every effort to accommodate the student with options or alternatives to meet their needs.

Students who do not meet the expected code of conduct will be subject to the procedures outlined below which may include immediate dismissal from VAB, depending on the severity of the misconduct.

Concerns related to a student’s conduct shall be referred to the Artistic Director to process in accordance with this Policy.

 

Attendance Policy

Time off from one of the program is regulated by several sources, including (but not limited to) Student Support Services, The Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Private Career Training Institutions of BC (PCTIA) and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. All students shall represent themselves in a professional manner and, in particular, shall adhere to the following duties:

  • The Student will attend all classes and rehearsals for roles or dances for which they are cast; perform as directed during rehearsals and performances; and learn all choreography for which they are selected or cast as an understudy.
  • The Student will participate in all scheduled performances except when excused by injury, severe illness, or other legitimate reason beyond the control of the student.
  • The Student will attend all scheduled classes, rehearsals and performances on time. Requests to miss must be made in advance by writing/email and delivered to the Program Director.
  • The Student will keep themselves physically able to perform. If injured, the student should be seeking the appropriate health professional in a timely manner, and providing the Program Director with the appropriate information regarding the student’s ability to dance.

Studio dancing hours and performing hours, have a strict Attendance Policy, which is mandatory for successful completion of the course. A student with a chronic injury or illness may ask to be given academic concession for certain modules, however, a student who is unable to participate in the required studio hours may not be able to be given a passing grade. They may request for a deferral and continue their studies into the following year to complete their courses to be eligible for graduation.

Students who miss 30 days or more, over the full duration of the program will be assessed before the end of the second year (April-May) to determine if they are of the technical standard required for graduation.

 

Language Proficiency Assessment Policy

VAB is an English speaking school with ballet studies taught using the universal French ballet terminology. Students whose first language is not English are required to undergo an online PAL (Pre-Arrival Learning) assessment, provided by Stewart College of Languages which is an approved Languages Canada Accredited School. Students are accepted at the equivalent to the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Level 1 or higher for admissions into the program. Students who have graduated from an English speaking high school or program are not required to take the language assessment (transcripts required).

In order to facilitate success for the academic course work in the Bridge Program, students may do research in their native language which can then be translated at the expense of the student. They may request oral assessments using an interpreter at the expense of the student. Some classes, if required, are conducted using an interpreter at the expense of the institution.

Using a variety of assessment methods which allows students to study and research in their own language, students will achieve the depth of knowledge required to be successful in the academic portion of the VAB Bridge Program.

 

Prior Learning/Credit Transfer Policy

Victoria Academy of Ballet takes under consideration courses taken at a recognized, accredited or otherwise equivalent post-secondary institution and compares them to the offerings in the Program. Transfer credits may be applied to either the first and/or second years of the program provided that they meet and are relevant to the requirements, curriculum and hourly duration of the program.

 

Program Advisory Committee Policy

Our external Program Advisory Committee members are representatives from the employment community, current working professionals, alumni who have worked in the industry for several years, professional associations and/or regulatory bodies, and are experienced dance education professionals that have an interest in training the future working professional.

The role of the PAC is to assist us in an ongoing revitalization of the program and the curriculum by identifying areas that could be improved or enhanced in relation to the currency and relevancy in the industry.

Responsibilities of this PAC include:

  • Review and provide feedback on the program curriculum to ensure it is relevant to the current state of the industry.
  • Review and provide feedback on information packages (Student Manual and website) to ensure clarity and usefulness.
  • Review student evaluations to ensure program objectives, learning outcomes and curriculum standards are met by instructors.
  • To identify any gaps in service or irrelevancy of program and make suggestions on improvements.

 

Uniform Policy

Victoria Academy of Ballet embraces the use of a uniform during all studio classes of the program to encourage students to continue taking pride in their grooming and attire in the most professional way.

The following are guidelines. Should you have concerns about any of the below, please do not hesitate to ask for clarification from the Program Director;

  • No excessive jewelry, including dangling earrings (studs or small earrings ok)
  • No warm up wear permitted during class time.
  • Hair for all ballet classes should be neatly secured in a bun or French roll
  • Students participating in Examinations may be required to purchase soft pointe shoes.

 

Related Information

About the Academy

Victoria Academy of Ballet (formerly Island Dance Studio) was established in 1990 by Christine Richardson F.C.S.C – C.I.C.B., ARAD. Now under the ownership and direction of Bleiddyn Del Villar Bellis, FCSC- CICB, The Victoria Academy of Ballet offers specialized dance instruction for children ages 3 through to the professional level. More Info

Facilites

In September 2014, The Victoria Academy of Ballet moved into a new facility in downtown Victoria BC. The studios are located in the in the city centre, conveniently located for easy bus transportation, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. More Info

International Information

The Victoria Academy of Ballet welcomes students from around the world to participate in all of the Victoria Academy of Ballet Dance Programs. More Info

Scholarship Information

The Victoria Academy of Ballet Scholarship Society was incorporated in the summer of 2013 and achieved Charitable Status in July 2014. The goals of the society are to provide deserving Canadian/Permanent Resident dance students with scholarships and bursaries to assist with the cost of their dance education. More Info

The Cecchetti Method

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