west vancouver schools  ballet academy

Through this program, Ballet Russe BC will provide its students the highest caliber of training in the Lower Mainland based on the Vaganova training syllabus as issued by the Russian Ministry of Education. This program is ideal for young men and women in grades 8 through 12, who are registered as full time students at Rockridge, Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary Schools.  This program will enable students in pursuit of a professional career in dance, to not only meet the demands of their rigorous ballet training, but also allow them to fulfill their high school academic requirements in a healthy and balanced way.

Students must apply by audition and those accepted will earn their grade-equivalent Physical Education and Applied Skills course credits upon successful completion of the program.  Dancers will have access to exceptional instruction, coaching, training and unrivalled professional facilities. The program’s intention is to provide the best possible ballet training experience for all participants, with intensive classes taking place during the school day. 


  • Classical Ballet
  • Pointe Work
  • Repertoire
  • Pas de Deux (Partnering)
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Character and Flamenco Dance
  • Rhythmic Stretch and Conditioning
  • Music and History of Dance
  • Nutrition

Academy Goals

  • That students receive a standard of classical ballet training consistent with the Vaganova syllabus which is an internationally recognized standard for ballet instruction, and has produced some of the world’s most famous dancers including Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Natalia Osipova, and Svetlana Zakharova.
  • That students will acquire solid knowledge of dance vocabulary (Ballet, Character, Flamenco, and Contemporary, and all related movements, steps, and positions.
  • That students will explore different genres of dance and identify the optimal fit for each student based on personal preference, ability, facility, and career aspirations.
  • To ensure that our students engage in choreographic projects as a means to explore their creativity and hone their leadership skills.
  • To educate our dancers in health and nutrition and to instill proper training habits to maximize results and minimize injuries.
  • That we always provide opportunities for self-expression and artistic development in a nurturing and respectful environment.
  • To provide opportunities for cultural exchanges and collaboration with world renowned coaches, master instructors, choreographers, and dancers.