Senior Program —

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs cover detailed information including:

Course overview

Entry/Audition process

Progression from level to level

Academic studies


Tuition fees

Living away from home



QBA – Queensland Ballet Academy
SP – Senior Program

AP – Associate Program

PPP – Pre-Professional Program

KGSC – Kelvin Grove State College (Academic Partner)


Under the supervision of Li Cunxin (Artistic Director), and direction of Christian Tátchev (Academy Director), students work in an elite, professional atmosphere. The Senior Program (SP) is dedicated to developing students’ skills to the highest artistic and technical standards, offering initial preparation for a career in a professional ballet or dance company.

In partnership with Queensland’s Department of Education and Training, SP students also undertake face-to-face senior academic studies at Kelvin Grove State College (KGSC).

What subject areas are included in Level 3?

Classical Ballet
Pointe work
Male technique
Contemporary Dance
Body Conditioning

What subject areas are included in Level 1 and 2?

Classical Ballet
Pointe work
Male technique
Contemporary Dance
Pas de deux
Classical Character Dance
Body Conditioning and Male Fitness

Who are the dance teachers?

All Academy teachers have at least five years professional experience at a soloist level or higher in addition to extensive teaching experience in Australian and/or internationally.

Academy Director - Christian Tátchev
Teachers - Paul Boyd, Zenia Tátcheva, Louise DeleurElena Kozhemyachenko and Veronika Sheremetieva
Associate Teachers – Wim Broeckx and Anthony Lewis

Where do the Senior Program students do their dance training?

Level 3 students train at dance studios within the KGSC campus.
Level 1 and 2 students train at the home of Queensland Ballet. 

How many hours of dance training do the Senior Program students do each week?

Level 3 - 16 hours across a 5-day week / Approx 40 weeks per year.
Level 1 & 2 - 25 hours across a 6-day week / Approx 42 weeks per year.

What performance opportunities exist for Senior Program students?

Students perform in a mid-year demonstration; an end of year showcase production and other opportunities may arise during the year. 
Opportunities for some students to perform in Queensland Ballet’s events or productions may also arise.

Can Senior Program students participate in dance classes / syllabus exams / eisteddfods / competitions / performances with other studios / training organisations?

Queensland Ballet Academy and its teaching staff conduct focused and structured training programs. It is considered that maximum progress will be made if this course is followed without the diversion of alternative training methods. It is therefore understood that a student enrolled in Level 1 or 2 will not simultaneously undertake lessons with any other dance teacher, or examinations for other training programs, or perform in competitions, eisteddfods and other performances, either as an individual or as part of a group, or as a representative of any other dance company or community studio, without the permission of the Academy Director.
The above applies for Level 3 students, although they may continue attending external ballet syllabus classes in preparation to complete an Intermediate level exam during the year.
From time to time, students may be approached to represent the Academy in dance events and competitions. Conditions for these will vary depending on the event.


How do I apply?

Entry to all Academy programs is by invitation or audition. Audition registrations open in May through Queensland Ballet’s website and annual auditions are held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Internationally (cities to be advised). To stay informed about this and other Academy events, we recommend subscribing to our e-newsletter - Repertoire.

What syllabus level must I be at to audition?

Although previous training experience is taken into consideration, how the applicant presents in the audition class will have the most bearing on the outcome of their application.
The audition panel will assess musicality, presentation, technical abilities, physique, potential, co-ordination etc.

What does the audition involve?

The audition will be an open ballet class, all work will be taught on the day. Applicants are not required to prepare any repertoire for this audition. An element of pointe work may be included for ladies.  Participation in a call back (second audition class) or a Physiotherapist’s assessment may be requested on the same day.  Class times and finer details will be emailed to applicants approximately one week prior to the audition date.

At what school level can a student enter?

Although the SP is ideally a three-year program, successful audition applicants may commence the program in Year 10, 11 or 12.
All students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine in which training level they will be placed (i.e. Level 1, 2, 3).

What are your class sizes?

Enrolment is talent based.  We do not set quotas for our class sizes although on average, each class/level of the program will have approximately 10 -15 students. Where possible split male and female classes are offered.

Can I also audition for Queensland Ballet’s Associate Program (AP)?

The AP is designed for external students aged 10 to 15 years to receive supplementary training with QBA once a week. SP is the next level of progression for those wishing to pursue more comprehensive and intensive training in their upper secondary years.


If I am accepted into the SP, do I then have to re-audition to progress to the next level/year? (e.g. Level 3 to Level 2)

SP students are not required to re-audition to move into the next level however, they must achieve a specified, minimum mark in their Semester Two examinations in order to automatically progress. A detailed Progression Policy is provided upon acceptance into the program.

If I complete SP Level 1, do I have to re-audition for the Pre-Professional Program (PPP)? 

Yes. Completing SP Level 1 does not guarantee entry into the PPP. PPP students work very closely with the Company (i.e. 3 classes per week as well as performing in at least two Company productions a year), and therefore the Artistic Director and his team will also assess all applicants at the annual auditions.


How do Senior Program students complete their academic studies?

SP students are enrolled and complete face-to-face academic studies at KGSC.

Level 3 students follow an extended Year 10 academic timetable (8.30am – 4.45pm) with their SP dance classes falling on one of six subject lines. The remaining five subjects are English, Mathematics, Science and two electives.

Level 1 and 2 (Year 11/12) students select and complete five academic subjects from OP (Overall Position) and/or non-OP subjects. Academic classes are conducted at KGSC every afternoon.  (1.50pm – 4.45pm)

Support and advice on subject selection and pathways is provided at the time of enrolment or you may contact the KGSC College Guidance Officer or Senior School Principal at any time for further information prior to your application. 

Ph: +7 3552 7333

Can I do the Senior Program dance training without the academic studies? 

SP students must be enrolled and complete their senior academic studies with Queensland Ballet’s academic partner, KGSC.
SP students who complete Year 12 academic studies, prior to completing SP, may continue training in the SP in the mornings and will be encouraged to use their afternoons to pursue further training, studies or part-time employment.

Can I do the Senior Program practical components and do my academic studies through another school or organisation?

No, all SP students must be enrolled with our academic partner, KGSC. Variations to this are rarely considered.

How do the students get to Kelvin Grove State College for academic classes each day?

Level 1 and 2 students are bussed from QBA to KGSC each day on a minibus provided by the College. 
Level 3 students do all training and academic classes at KGSC.


What certifications will completing Senior Program provide?

On successful completion of the SP, graduates receive a –

• Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Certificate in Dance
• Statement of attainment, signed by the Queensland Ballet’s Artistic and Academy Directors
• Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
• Overall Position (OP) or Tertiary Entrance Ranking for university eligibility

Vocational Education and Training accredited courses are also available, including Certificate III and Diploma of Business through KGSC.

Please note that Queensland Ballet is not a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), however, our curriculum is structured with the aim of creating professional ballet dancers who also possess a strong contemporary dance technique. Being a professional dancer is a skill-based profession and written proof of formal training is not required for a company audition.
We have chosen not to gain accreditation for our uniquely designed training courses. This allows us to focus on the required industry skills of the dancers without facing limitations which may be found in training methods employed by other training institutions.
Our training is provided in-line with industry requirements and what is seen as best practice within the international dance training community. All our teaching staff are world-class industry professionals bringing a wealth of professional knowledge to their teaching.
Elements of our training programs may allow graduates to access advanced standing or recognition of prior learning with other dance institutions should they wish to pursue further formal training.


How much will the Senior Program cost?

2019 Tuition fees will be finalised prior to offers for 2019 being made.
2018 Tuition fees for Level 3 were AU$6,252/year for domestic students.
2018 Tuition fees for Level 1 and 2 were AU$9,212.00/year for domestic students.

Additional expenses include dance uniforms and shoes, and KGSC-related expenses such as a Resource Scheme fee, academic subject fees (where applicable), uniforms, excursions, etc.

Do you offer scholarships or bursaries?

Yes. Successful applicants will be provided with details about our annual scholarship application process.


Where will I live if I am accepted into the SP and need to live away from home?

Students who originate from regional, interstate or international locations may consider the following options when required to live away from home to pursue their training with QBA. Although guidance and every effort will be made to assist, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to secure suitable accommodation for their student.

Options for living away from home include:

  • Student boards with family, friends or relatives.
  • QBA Homestay Program placement.  A limited number of host families are available for SP student placements.  All QBA Homestay Program families are assessed and registered in association with KGSC’s International Homestay register. Although, every effort is made to assist, there is no guarantee that sufficient host families will be available each year.
  • Commercial homestay placement.  Providers can be suggested or sourced independently.
  • Independent share living. Older or more mature students may share together in secure university/student accommodation facilities.  Providers can be suggested or sourced independently.
  • Family or parent relocates to Brisbane with student.

How much does the QBA Homestay Program cost?

One-off Placement Fee - AU$262.00 (approx.)
2019 Weekly Fees - AU$302.00 p/wk
Fees are charged and payable upfront, each term. 
Further guidance and information will be made available to assist with this process.


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