High School and English Language School

The Greater Victoria area offers a number of choices for secondary education in public school districts and independent (private) schools for both domestic and international students.

These schools offer a wide range of programs that lead to a British Columbia Grade 12 graduation diploma. Recommended schools are accredited by the BC Ministry of Education and meet the highest standards of academic excellence, allowing students to enter universities in Canada, USA, and world-wide if desired.

Victoria Academy of Ballet recommends schools with which we have developed positive working relationships, allowing accommodation for half day dance schedules as well as ballet examinations and rehearsals within the prescribed school day. Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII) is located close to the VAB studios and provides the flexibility for ballet students to develop a personalized learning plan that meets graduation requirements.

The school Principal, Jeff Hopkins, is internationally recognized as a visionary leader in education. We are very pleased to partner with PSII. Visit their website at www.learningstorm.org 

Victoria High School, School District 61, also located near to VAB studios offers a very supportive learning environment for our ballet students and a flexible timetable schedule for half day students, you can visit their website for domestic students at https://vichigh.sd61.bc.ca or international student program at www.studyinvictoria.com

Post Secondary students requiring ESL classes are recommended to a language school partner.

For more information on these academic options and for academic options for Grade 7 and Grade 8 students please contact our office.

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