Student Support Services

Victoria Academy of Ballet strives to incorporate a holistic approach in teaching dance with a focus on both the physical and emotional well-being of each student. To achieve their potential, each dancer must understand the necessity of maintaining a healthy body, attending to injuries and being aware of the nutritional needs of elite athletes. Students need to recognize the importance of emotional health. Because dancers require such intense motivation and focus to help them participate in the rigorous daily schedule necessary for their chosen career, they must have emotional support available.

These topics are covered extensively in the Professional Training Program and Bridge Program curriculum. At VAB we are aware of the adjustment period for student’s coming from other areas of Canada and other countries. Our staff members are trained to recognize students at risk and to make appropriate referrals as necessary in consultation with student’s parents. International students are given an intensive orientation in their own language and have a designated staff administrator to assist with housing and medical insurance requirements. All students, local or not, are advised of our adjunct professional health care providers who have special expertise and interest in issues of elite ballet dancers.  The following professionals are designated VAB partners and many give special rates to our students:

  • Physiotherapy – Andrew Berk
  • The Fix Healthcare
  • RISE Health
  • Westcoast Orthopedic Laboratories – Bruce Turcotte
  • Pan-Zeng Acupuncture Centre – Fiona Zeng and Gang Pan
  • BC Registered Psychologists and Counselors (referrals upon request)

At VAB we understand that students come with different abilities and needs. We know that close personal attention and learning support will make a difference to the student’s success. We encourage all students and parents to be proactive in asking for assistance if required.

Related Information

About the Academy

Victoria Academy of Ballet (formerly Island Dance Studio) was established in 1990 by Christine Richardson, Fellow & Examiner CC-CICB, ARAD. Now under the ownership and direction of Bleiddyn Del Villar Bellis, Fellow & Examiner CC-CICB, The Victoria Academy of Ballet offers specialized dance instruction for children ages 3 through to the professional level. More Info


The Victoria Academy of Ballet is conveniently located near downtown Victoria BC, in Quadra Village, close to 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