Program Course Outline

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  • Classical Ballet
  • Ballet, Cecchetti Syllabus
  • Pointe Technique
  • Classical Repertoire/Variations
  • Pas de Deux
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Contemporary &/or Modern
  • Contemporary Repertoire
  • Improvisation/Contact Improvisation
  • Pilates
  • Jazz
  • Opportunities with Guest Instructors/Choreographers

Academic Modules

  • Choreographic Studies
  • Personal Development; Nutrition, Career Exploration, Injury, Illness Care & Prevention
  • Ballet History & Repertoire
  • Anatomy

Year 1:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus (Intermediate/Advanced 1/Advanced 2)
  • Contemporary/Modern
  • Jazz
  • Personal Development;
    • PD101: Nutrition for Dancers** & Career Exploration

Year 2:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus (Intermediate/Advanced 1/Advanced 2)
  • Contemporary/Modern
  • Jazz
  • Ballet History & Repertoire*;
    • BH201: Romantic Era
    • BH202: Classical Era
    • BH203: Neo‐Classical Era
  • Experimental Anatomy for Dancers;
    • PD‐A201: Skeletal Structure & Joints
    • PD‐A202: Muscular Structure & Functions
    • PD‐A203: Respiratory System; Using Your Breathe
  • Personal Development;
    • PD201: Nutrition for Dancers** & Career Exploration
    • PD202: Dealing with Injury & Illness
    • PD203: Mental Wellness
  • Choreographic Studies;
    • CS201: Observation & Creation
    • CS202: Observation & Development
    • CS203: Performance

Year 3:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus (Advanced 1/Advanced 2/Diploma)
  • Contemporary/Modern
  • Jazz
  • Ballet History & Repertoire*;
    • BH301: Romantic Era
    • BH302: Classical Era
    • BH303: Neo‐Classical Era
  • Anatomy for Dancers;
    • PD‐A301: Review Year 1
    • PD‐A302: Common Dance Injuries, Prevention & Rehabilitation
    • PD‐A303: Performance Psychology
  • Personal Development;
    • PD301: Nutrition for Dancers**, Researching outside professional projects
    • PD302: & PD303: Career Exploration; Company auditions, Outside professional projects
  • Choreographic Studies;
    • CS301: Independent Creation, Costume Design
    • CS302: Planning to Choreograph on others, Development of New Works
    • CS303: Performances

*Ballet History & Repertoire: Year 2 & 3 students take this class together. Selections for the Romantic, Classical & Neo‐Classical eras change every year.

**Nutrition for Dancers 101, 201, 301: All Bridge students take this class every year. It is mandatory for Year 2 and 3 students to review; additional work may be expected from 2nd and 3rd Year students. Royal Academy of Dance Vocational and Solo Seal examinations can be facilitated, however, any extra class/rehearsals would be completed outside of program hours.

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


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

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