Queensland Ballet Academy


Queensland Ballet Academy Senior Program is a world class training program, offered in partnership with the Department of Education 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.


Last reviewed 04 March 2020
Last updated 04 March 2020