Open House Demonstrations
We open the doors at Victoria Academy of Ballet to parents, friends and colleagues to view students at our annual Open House Demonstration each December. Here students demonstrate a selection of their class work. Parents enjoy seeing the progress and talent of their children at this social event.
Students involved in Festivals work with guest choreographers and VAB faculty on group and solo performances. These festivals are held locally in Victoria, on Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. If selected by local adjudicators, students will have the opportunity to represent Victoria Academy of Ballet at the British Columbia Provincial Performing Arts Festival. VAB students are also asked regularly to perform in the Honours and Highlights Performances with local festivals each year.
The Cecchetti Society of British Columbia holds an annual award competition. Participation, after successfully passing through the audition process, involves learning a specially choreographed solo by leading British Columbia choreographers and then competing at the Cecchetti Awards Celebration in Vancouver. In the past, students of Victoria Academy of Ballet have had great success at these awards.
Annual Recital: Celebration of Dance
At the completion of each year, students participate in the Annual Recital. Each class will perform appropriate works choreographed by both VAB faculty and guest choreographers. This performance showcases the wonderful talent at Victoria Academy of Ballet and gives all students the opportunity to display their skills and progress learned over the course of the year.
VAB students are often invited to perform as guests at local events and showcases. This reward for the students exposes them to many different social groups as they donate their talents for worthy causes.
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 center, conveniently located for easy bus transportation, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. More Info
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
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