Post-Secondary Bridge Program
(3-Year Post Secondary Diploma)
Bridge the gap between studio dance and a professional career.
The Bridge Program is a three-year diploma program designed for students who are not yet established in the professional field of dance but have graduated from their high school academic and dance training programs. The Bridge Program holds Designation status with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Private Training Institutions Branch as well as Education Quality Assurance (EQA) status, both under the umbrella of the BC. Ministry of Advanced Education. 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.
Year 1 is 38 weeks in length and dancers train approximately 30 hours per week. Year 2 and Year 3 of the Bridge program are 41 weeks each in length and dancers train up to 40 hours per week. Classical ballet is the primary discipline of technical training along with a very strong focus on contemporary dance. Once the current year has ended in June, students generally return home on their summer break or acquire summer jobs in the Victoria area.
As a Bridge student, you will be encouraged to explore different aspects of professional dance life through the extensive program curriculum. Besides classes in ballet, pointe, classical repertoire, pas de deux, and contemporary, you will also benefit from training in a professional environment, explore varied methods of the choreographic process, observe guest artist’s projects, as well as, receive classes in academic modules containing anatomy, ballet history and various personal development subjects such as career exploration.
Individual advising and collaboration with knowledgeable and experienced VAB faculty and guest choreographers connect students to avenues in the dance industry. As a graduate, you will be fully prepared for the next step on your career path.
Bridge Training Program Mission Statement:
To provide optimum ballet training for talented post secondary students, teaching them to be exceptionally prepared technically, artistically and personally for careers in dance.