Program Course Outline

The Bridge Program is a three-year diploma program designed for students who are committed to pursuing a career as a professional dancer in today’s industry. Completion of this program requires all modules to be realized, culminating in 4,210 training hours over three years. Acceptance into the program is by audition only.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completion of the program:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a refinement in technique and artistry to a professional level and developed rehearsal and performance skills commensurate with a professional dancer
  • Students will be able to demonstrate and discuss works from Romantic, Classical, Neo-Classical and Contemporary Ballet repertoires
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in choreographic principles and concepts to enable them to pursue a career as a professional dancer
  • Students will be able to discuss how to efficiently research, demonstrate effective interview skills and present an audition package Students will be able to acknowledge the importance of nutrition and identify practical anatomy as an elite performer
  • Students will effectively show how to develop their own methods for successful and consistent performance by managing their stress and performance anxiety

Assessment of Modules

  • A student’s technical and artistic progress are assessed through observation, in individual conferences, demonstrations and performances
  • Other modules are assessed by the instructor in a variety of ways depending on the project or assignment. Assignments/Projects can be marked; pass/fail, graded, or in an anecdotal fashion (i.e. Does not yet meet expectations, meets expectations, exceeds expectations)

List of Courses

# of Hours Required for Completion YR 1  YR 2  YR 3

Studio Hours:

  • Training classes




1435 1435

Ballet History & Repertoire:

  • Romantic Era
  • Classical Era
  • Neo-Classical & Contemporary Ballet
0 30 30

Personal Development:

  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy
  • Career Exploration
  • Injury & Prevention
  • Stress Management & Performance Psychology
10 40 40

Choreographic Studies:

  • Observation
  • Creation
  • Development
  • Performance
0 30 30

Career Occupations

The Bridge Program is designed to provide students with the highest level of training available for a
career as a professional ballet dancer. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Classical ballet, contemporary ballet, contemporary

Further career paths that are often opened up by attending the Bridge Program are:

  • Dance teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and/or examiner
  • Working in live theatre in a variety of capacities both onstage and off, commercial dance work
  • Working in the field of kinesiology, dance/sport physiotherapist, massage therapist, nutritionist, dance/sport psychologist

Related Information

About the Academy

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


The Victoria Academy of Ballet is conveniently located in downtown Victoria BC, close to 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

The Cecchetti Method of ballet is a style of classical, theatrical dance based on the teachings of the great Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928). More Info