Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Academy levels and corresponding school year levels?

Program Name

Queensland Academic Year Level / Age

Foundation Program Levels 9 - 7Year 3, 4, 5, 6 (2021 onwards)

Associate Programs Levels 6 - 4

Age 10 - 15 years (2020)

Senior Program Levels 3 - 1

Academy Program Levels 6 - 1

Year 10, 11, 12 (2020)

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

Pre-Professional Program


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 the Foundation Program, Associate Programs, Senior Program (known as Academy Program from 2021) and Pre-Professional Program. Visit the Queensland Ballet website for more information about the Jette Parker Young Artist Program.

Where are your programs delivered?

The new purpose-built Academy training facility opened in Term 1 2020, and is located on Kelvin Grove State College's campus. These facilities currently host our Senior Program and Associate Program students. From 2021, it will host the Academy and Foundation Programs.

Working very closely with the Company and Jette Parker Young Artists, the Pre-Professional Program is 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 Senior Program / Academy 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 Senior Program / Academy Program
(Years 10-12 / Levels 3 - 1 in 2020; Years 7 - 12 / Levels 6 - 1 from 2021)

The Academy provides focused and structured, professional training. It is considered that maximum progress will be made if this course is followed without the diversion of alternative training methods.

It is a condition of enrolment that, Upper Level students agree not to participate in any external dance activities*. However, upon individual application to the Academy Director, approval may be granted to participate in activities with aligned organisations such as partner schools, if it is deemed a safe and beneficial addition to the dancer’s training experience.

It is a condition of enrolment, that Lower Levels students agree not to participate in any external dance activities* in the genres/subjects delivered within the Program (e.g. ballet, contemporary). However, upon individual application to the Academy Director, approval may be granted to participate in activities with aligned organisations such as partner schools, if it is deemed a safe and beneficial addition to the dancer’s training experience.

With prior approval from the Academy Director, and with careful consideration of physical load on the young and developing dancers, Lower Levels students may also participate in dance activities* in genres other than those delivered in the Program (e.g. Jazz dance).

Associate Programs
(Age 10-15 / Levels 6 - 4 in 2020)

All Associate 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.

Foundation Program
(Years 3 - 6 / Levels 9 - 7 from 2021)

Children already enjoying dance classes elsewhere may continue those activities alongside the Queensland Ballet Academy Foundation Program. 

*Includes classes, coaching, competitions, representative showcases, examinations or performances with any external teachers, studios, schools or organisations.  

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?

This information is available on each of our Academy program pages. 

Associate Programs

Foundation Program

Senior Program / Academy Program

Pre-Professional Program

What performance opportunities do the students enjoy?

Throughout the year, our students are provided with opportunities to perform for audiences in standalone, full-scale, corporate and cultural productions. The Academy also fosters healthy collaborations with other cultural organisations. The opportunity to perform provides our students with crucial on-stage experience, and showcases the artistry, technique and professionalism they learn through their training.

When are assessments and how do students progress?

Associate Program

Students are assessed at the end of each school term. In term 3, students are either offered to progress onto the following level automatically, or in the event that a satisfactory level of progress has not been achieved, invited to re-audition for the program. 

Foundation Program

Student progress is monitored throughout the year and a satisfactory level of attendance (70% – 100%), will assist maximum development. Although there are no formal assessments in Levels 9 and 8, progression from one level to the next is subject to satisfactory attendance and development.

Level 7 will participate in a mid-year demonstration class, viewed by Academy faculty members in which suitability for Academy Program Level 6 will be assessed. This class will act as an internal assessment process, the result of which will determine whether the student will automatically progress into Level 6 the following year, or be invited to attend the general audition for the program.

Senior Program/Academy Program

At the end of each semester students undertake exams. At the end of semester two, students must achieve the standard required to progress to the following, more advanced, Academy level. Regardless of end-of-semester results for Level 1, entry into the Pre-Professional Program is based on audition or invitation.

Pre-Professional Program

Due to the performance based nature of the course, assessment practices in this Academy level are structured to accommodate its annual performance commitments. Although it involves some written assessments, the evaluation process is mostly practical and progressive.

A detailed Progression Policy is provided upon acceptance.

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

All Academy fees for 2021 can be found on our Fees webpage. These are listed in Australian dollars, and are applicable to domestic students.

All other expenses relating to schooling, medical, excursions, uniforms, living and ancillary expenses, are the responsibility of each enrolled student. 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 Senior Program / Academy Program Year 10 -12 students from regional, interstate and international locations with living away from home. Alternatively, families may source private homestay arrangements with relatives, family friends or through an independent, professional homestay organisation. 

Queensland Ballet Academy Homestay costs for 2021
Placement fee: $274

Fees: $316 per week

Administration Fee: $150 per term

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