About the Academy

Victoria Academy of Ballet (formerly Island Dance Studio) was established in 1990 by Christine Richardson FCSC-CICB, 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 professional level. VAB’s faculty offers the highest calibre of professional instruction in dance training and performance. All faculty are highly experienced, qualified teachers with a passion for dance. Students of all ages and ability are trained to their fullest potential. Download our Victoria Academy of Ballet Prospectus for more information.

General Program

Recreational program providing outstanding dance training by highly trained, award winning faculty. Ages 3 to teen.

Professional Training Program

For the student who wishes to pursue a career in dance, an intensive half-day program combining academics and dance. Age 12+. Acceptance to the Professional Training Program is by audition only.

Post-Secondary Bridge Program

3-year diploma in Classical Ballet designated by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Private Training Institutions Branch. Bridge the gap from student to professional. Acceptance to the Bridge Program is by audition only.

The Bridge Program holds designation status with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) as well as Education Quality Assurance (EQA) status. These designations are indications that a post-secondary institution meets or exceeds the provincial government’s quality assurance standards. The EQA and Designated status are recognized globally as symbols of quality education and consumer protection.