Senior Program —
Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs cover detailed information including:
Progression from level to level
Living away from home
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?
What subject areas are included in Level 1 and 2?
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.
Where do the Senior Program students do their dance training?
How many hours of dance training do the Senior Program students do each week?
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?
ENTRY / AUDITION PROCESS
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?
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?
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.
PROGRESSION FROM LEVEL TO LEVEL
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.
Can I do the Senior Program dance training without the academic studies?
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?
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.
TUITION FEES AND OTHER EXPENSES
How much will the Senior Program cost?
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.
LIVING AWAY FROM HOME
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?