Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Academy levels and corresponding school year levels?

Program Name

Queensland Academic Year Level / Age

Associate Programs
Level 6, 5, 4

Age 10 - 15 years

Academy Program (formerly Senior Program)

Level 3, 2, 1

Year 10, 11, 12 (2020)

Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (2021 onwards)

Pre-Professional Program


Jette Parker Young Artist Program*

Min. 18 years and post-school

All students are assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they are placed in the appropriate Academy level. Age and academic year level are only used as a guide.

*This document addresses Associate Programs, Academy Program (formerly Senior Program) and Pre-Professional Program. Visit the Queensland Ballet website for more information about the Jette Parker Young Artist Program.

When will the new world-class Academy at Kelvin Grove State College be open?

The new purpose-built Academy training facility opened in Term 1 2020. A proposed, extended model introducing preparatory training for Levels 6 – 4 (Years 7 – 9), is currently under development.

Working very closely with the Company, the Jette Parker Young Artist and Pre-Professional Programs will continue to be conducted at the home of Queensland Ballet in West End.

Why is Queensland Ballet in partnership with the Department of Education?

The partnership between Queensland Ballet and the Department of Education enables students who graduate from the Academy Program (formerly Senior Program) to be academically empowered and equipped with key attributes to best position them for their aspirations.

Our collaborative partnership with the Department of Education provides these school-aged students the opportunity to pursue intensive ballet training while completing face-to-face academic studies at Kelvin Grove State College.

Graduates of the Academy Program (Level 1 / Year 12), receive a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and are eligible for an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). Students may also select to pursue Vocational Education and Training accredited courses (e.g. Diploma in Business).

Are students able to participate in external training, events or activities?

Queensland Ballet Academy is committed to the safe and progressive development of young dancers’ minds and bodies. Its world-class teaching staff conduct focused and structured training programs in alignment with professional ballet training industry best practices, under the guidance of in-house medical and wellbeing experts.

As such, the following parameters are in place:

Pre-Professional and Academy Program Level 3 – 1
(Years 10-12 in 2020, Years 7 - 12 from 2021)

Unless prior approval has been granted by the Queensland Ballet Academy Director, no student is to undertake any dance classes, coaching, competitions, representative showcases, examinations or performances with any external private teachers, studios, schools or organisations.

Associate Programs Level 6 – 4
(Age 10-15)

All Academy and Guest Associate Program students may continue dance activities with their external dance studios. Academy Associate Program students must attend the specified minimum weekly attendance as a condition of their enrolment.

What is the audition process for the Academy?

Entry to all Academy programs is by invitation or audition, with all dates currently online. To register your interest visit the Auditions page on our website or enquire with us.

Each audition is an open ballet class which may be followed by a call-back. Applicants are not required to pre-prepare any material, although some applicants may be required to undertake an interview

What are they key areas of training and hours per week, for each Academy level?

Associate Programs

Level 4
Approximate Age: 13-15 years
Days per week: 4 
Wednesday: 3.45pm – 6pm
Thursday and Friday: 4.15pm – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 12.45pm
Hours per week: 9.5
Classes: Ballet 7hrs, 1.75hrs Contemporary, .75hrs Body Conditioning
Minimum Weekly Attendance: All classes (with the exception of Wednesday Body Conditioning 3.45pm – 4.30pm which is optional)

Level 5
Approximate Age: 12-13 years
Days per week: 3

Thursday: 3.45pm – 6pm
Friday: 4.15pm – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 12.45pm
Hours per week: 7.75
Classes: 5.5hrs Ballet,1.75hrs Contemporary, .75hrs Body Conditioning
Minimum Weekly Attendance: Thursday and Saturday (with the exception of Thursday Body Conditioning 3.45pm – 4.30pm which is optional)

Level 6
Approximate Age: 10-11 years
Days per week: 2

Monday: 3.45pm – 6pm
Tuesday: 4.15pm – 7pm
Wednesday: 4.15pm – 6pm
Hours per week: 6.75
Classes: 5hrs Ballet, 1hr Contemporary, .75hrs Body Conditioning
Minimum Weekly Attendance: Monday and Tuesday (with the exception of Monday Body Conditioning 3.45pm – 4.30pm which is optional)

Academy Program 

Level 3
21.5 hrs/week (a
cross 6 days)

  • Classical Ballet
  • Repertoire 
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Pas de Deux 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness

Level 1 and 2
23 hrs/week (across 6 days) 

  • Classical Ballet
  • Repertoire 
  • Pas de deux 
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Classical Character Dance 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness

Pre-Professional Program

37 hrs/week - aligned with Company hours 

  • Classical Ballet (including daily class, pointe and male technique)
  • Repertoire
  • Pas de deux 
  • Contemporary Dance 
  • Classical Character Dance 
  • Body Conditioning and Male Fitness

Additional short courses offered in the Senior and Pre-Professional Programs may include:

  • Career Preparation
  • Safe Dance
  • Music
  • Ballet History
  • Skills for the Sector

What performance opportunities do the students enjoy?

Academy Program 

Students are involved in mid-year demonstrations and a showcase performance at the end of each year. From time to time, students may also be approached to represent Queensland Ballet Academy in events and competitions. Queensland Ballet will also prioritise Queensland Ballet Academy students for Company performances should young performers be required.

Pre-Professional Program

Each year dancers perform at least one stand-alone production as well as performing in up to three Company productions. Additional opportunities may also arise to represent Queensland Ballet at prestigious events.

When are assessments and how do students progress?

At the end of each semester students undertake exams. At the end of semester two, students must achieve the standard required to progress automatically between levels of the Preparatory and Academy Programs.

Entry into the Pre-Professional Program is not automatic, regardless of end-of-semester results for Level 1. Entry into the Pre-Professional Program is based on an audition or invitation.

A detailed Progression Policy is provided upon acceptance.

What are the Queensland Ballet Academy fees and do they include all academic expenses?

Program and Level

2020 Program Fees

Associate Programs
QB Academy Associates
Level 6
Level 5
Level 4

QB Guest Associates
Level 6
Level 5
Level 4



Academy Program (formerly Senior Program)
Level 3
Level 2
Level 1


Pre-Professional Program


All other expenses relating to schooling, medical, excursions, uniforms, living and ancillary expenses, are the responsibility of each enrolled student.

*Fees above are in listed Australian Dollars and are applicable to local students.  

For International Student fees, please contact

Is there any financial support available?

Students may be offered part or full scholarships or bursaries at the discretion of the Academy Director, at any point during the continuum of audition, enrolment and progression from year to year. Students may also apply for these during the annual audition process.

A scholarship is usually awarded based on talent and / or potential. A bursary is offered to address financial hardship.

What are the accommodation options for students who need to live away from home?

An established Homestay Program is in place to assist Academy Program students from regional, interstate and international locations with living away from home. Kelvin Grove State College is equipped to manage all homestay enquiries and ongoing management. 

Homestay costs for 2020
Placement fee: $268
Fees: $309 per week

Alternatively, families may source private homestay arrangements with relatives, family friends or through an independent professional homestay organisation. 

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