VICTORIA ACADEMY OF BALLET
Offer outstanding dance training and academic learning opportunities for students to pursue growth and excellence, with an emphasis on the importance of a dancer’s overall health and their successful career ambitions.
Victoria Academy of Ballet’s programs are student-focused, always ensuring that the challenging training is carried out with utmost care and commitment to keeping the dancer’s overall health and their successful career ambitions in mind. Under the leadership of Academy Director Bleiddyn Del Villar Bellis, Fellow and Examiner CC-CICB, Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma, VAB’s internationally acclaimed and dedicated artistic faculty and pianists, ensure students thrive and succeed while training in a nurturing environment.
The Academy’s teaching approach is rooted in the respected and well-known Cecchetti method, used by professional ballet schools around the world including Royal Ballet School (UK), Rambert Ballet School (UK), National Ballet School of Canada, and the Australian Ballet School. Some of the most accomplished dancers have been influenced by Cecchetti such as Fredrick Ashton, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinksy, Tamara Karsavina, Betty Oliphant (National Ballet of Canada), and Dame Peggy Van Praagh (Australian Ballet) and the legacy of Cecchetti’s teachings continues to grow. The method established the model of standardized teaching which is the basis of all professional ballet teaching today. It prepares students to be versatile and adapt to the varying intense demands of a professional dance career. Exam entries are at the discretion of VAB’s Artistic Faculty. Cecchetti Canada is responsible for keeping a national and international standard and the method used globally.
VAB also uses the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) training method, one of the world’s most influential dance education training systems, setting standards in classical ballet worldwide.
The Academy holds designations from the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), and the EQA (Education Quality Assurance), both under the umbrella of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and recognized globally as symbols of quality education and consumer protection.
Victoria Academy of Ballet is one of the premiere training institutions in Canada with a level of commitment and work ethics of highest international standards. The versatility of the graduates has impressed me so much that I now have a VAB graduate in the Orlando Ballet Company. I would highly recommend the Bridge Program to serious dancers preparing for a professional career as the caliber of VAB graduates is higher than many other North American and International Schools/Post Secondary training programs. There is an admirable sense of teamwork and collaboration combined with a well-structured curriculum with a strong understanding of classical, contemporary, and partnering.
Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the Academy is part of a thriving global dance community collaborating with internationally renowned artistic leadership and continuously achieving successful placement in professional dance companies of its emerging and graduating dancers. VAB’s state-of-the-art custom-built studios provide an ideal training facility for students and faculty members and is situated in an easily accessible neighborhood in British Columbia’s capital.