KG Dance Excellence (Yrs 7 – 9) and Queensland Ballet Academy Senior Program (Yrs 10 – 12)


Kelvin Grove State College offers Dance and Ballet Programs from Year 3 - 12.

Program by year level

Auditions are held annually for all programs and levels for entry the following year.


Year Level

Queensland Ballet Academy Senior Program

Years 10, 11 and 12

KG Dance Excellence

Years 7 to 9


Years 3 to 6

Queensland Ballet Academy Senior Program is a world class training program, offered in partnership with the Department of Education and Training through Kelvin Grove State College, and provides talented students the opportunity to pursue intensive ballet training while completing face-to-face senior academic studies in Years 10 to 12.

Under the guidance of Academy Director, Christian Tátchev, and sitting between Queensland Ballet Academy’s Associate and Pre-Professional Programs, the Senior Program provides a clear training pathway for the next generation of professional ballet dancers.

The Senior Program is a three-year training course for advanced students who simultaneously complete their final senior academic schooling. Places are offered via audition or invitation and entry is available into each of the three levels annually.

Both Queensland Ballet and Kelvin Grove State College are committed to providing the highest quality, comprehensive ballet training for gifted young dancers, in balance with their academic studies.

All of Queensland Ballet’s elite Academy Programs are overseen by Artistic Director, Li Cunxin and our students enjoy the privilege and benefit of working within the professional environment alongside our world class ballet company.

Senior program Level 1 and 2 (Year 11 and 12)

A comprehensive, part-time program which consists of four hours of dance training in the mornings and three hours of academic classes each weekday afternoon, with a further five hours of dance training on Saturdays. Covering all aspects of Classical Ballet training including daily class, pas de deux, repertoire, pointe and male technique, the Senior Program also includes training in classical character dance, contemporary dance and body conditioning.

All Senior Program Level 1 and 2 students are enrolled at Kelvin Grove State College and in Year 11 or 12,  select five academic subjects from a wide variety of Overall Position (OP) and non-OP subjects. These face-to-face academic studies ensure all students are eligible to graduate with a Queensland Certificate of Education and an OP Score or Tertiary Entrance Ranking. Vocational Education and training accredited courses are also available (e.g. Cert III and Diploma in Business).

Students who successfully complete the Senior Program will also receive a Statement of Attainment endorsed by Queensland Ballet and the Department of Education and Training.

Senior program Level 3 (Year 10)

A specifically tailored combination of elite training and face-to-face academic studies. The Year 10 program includes pointe, repertoire and contemporary dance classes, in addition to a daily ballet class.

A total of 15.5 hours of training each week takes place at Kelvin Grove State College’s purpose built dance facilities, with class times integrated into an extended academic timetable inclusive of Maths, Science, English and two elective subjects.

How to apply

Online applications for 2020 are now open.

For further information please visit the Queensland Ballet website.

KG Dance Excellence program (Years 7, 8 and 9)

For students in Years 7 to 9, the KG Dance Excellence program is offered with a strong classical ballet focus.  Each year level takes two ballet classes and a third class in contemporary or jazz each week.  All dance classes are taken during normal school hours at KGSC’s own dance studios.

Entry to the KG Dance Excellence programs is via an annual ballet audition which is open to existing KGSC students as well as external students wishing to apply.

How to apply

Annual audition – September 8 2019.

Current KGSC students

Applicants must submit an Audition Application form with requested supporting documentation prior to the annual audition. Application forms are available from the KGSC website and should be submitted to the main office or posted to –

Mrs Margaret Lucas OAM
c/ Kelvin Grove State College
L’Estrange Tce
Kelvin Grove Q 4059

External students

Students not currently enrolled at KGSC must submit an Expression of Interest form and be accepted by KGSC prior to the audition. Please also submit an Audition Application with your Expression of Interest (both available from the KGSC website) to:

The Enrolments Officer
Kelvin Grove State College
L’Estrange Tce
Kelvin Grove Q 4059

Trackdance program (Year 3 to 6)

For students in Years 3 to 6, KGSC offers the Trackdance Program. This fun program introduces students to various dance styles and aims to inspire them, particularly boys, to feel as comfortable with dance training as they do in other physical pursuits. Classes are held once a week within school hours and some of the more technical aspects of dance begin to be incorporated as the year levels progress.

How to apply

Trackdance (Year 3) Entry via an annual try-out class held for interested Year 2 students in November.  The class held during school hours, involves fun movement and co-ordination assessments.

Trackdance (Years 4-6) Trackdance students are invited to continue in the program from year to year (no try-out required).  Any new students to the College, or current KGSC students wishing to join the program, are invited to try-out at the first Trackdance class of each school year.

Important notes

  • All dance programs at KGSC attract tuition fees to cover the cost of specialis dance  teachers, accompanists, performances etc. Additional expenses include, but are not limited to, uniforms, dancewear and excursions. Strict Tuition Fee Policies apply.

  •  Students may apply for entry to the dance and ballet programs at KGSC at any year level as there will be an annual intake for each.

  • Progression is not guaranteed from one program to the next so students and parents must be aware of the commitment offered at the time of acceptance.

  • Progression from one level to the next within the Senior Program is not guaranteed but is achieved by successfully reaching the required assessment marks. A comprehensive progression policy is provided upon acceptance into the program.


KG Dance Excellence programs

Margaret Lucas OAM
Phone: (07) 3552 7345

Senior program

Kali Harris
Phone: (07) 3013 6666
Last reviewed 31 May 2019
Last updated 31 May 2019