Ballet Russe BC’s
curriculum is based on the Vaganova training syllabus as issued by the Russian Ministry of Education. A training system meticulously created by the world-renowned Russian ballerina and pedagogue, Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951), this training technique blends romantic components of the French style with the strength and beauty of the Italian technique. Created to capture the dancers’ entire body with precise articulation and beautiful lines, it was Vaganova’s belief that by engaging the entire body with equivalent attention paid to the upper body, épaulement, limbs, and feet, the dancer would achieve a heightened consciousness of movement and broaden their artistic range and abilities.
FULL-TIME TRAINING PROGRAMME
Our full time year-round programme is ideal and uniquely formulated for committed dancers in pursuit of the highest calibre of classical and contemporary training.
We believe in providing our students with unique and incredible opportunities to study with local and international Master Instructors. Stay connected with us to learn about upcoming Master Classes which will continue to be offered through our programme!
Students ages 13 years and up have the opportunity to train from 1:45pm onward either as for-credit WVS Academy students or as non-credit half-day students through West Vancouver’s Pursuit programme, North Vancouver’s Peak Performance, or various Home Schooling options. The difference is that while the latter options do not award high school equivalent credits, those who enroll as WVS Academy students earn their grade-equivalent Physical Education and Applied Skills course credits upon successful completion of the program. Further information on Academy enrollment and requirements can be found below.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMME
Ideal for those ages 5 years and up, students have the option of enrolling in our after school programme at their appropriate level. For students enrolled in afternoon/evening classes who are 13 years and older, note that it may not be possible to participate in our full-time pre-professional programme as many of the classes are scheduled as half-day classes. While part-time enrollment is generally discouraged, we do allow lighter training schedules for those who are studying with us to compliment their primary activities (ie Rhythmic Gymnasts, Figure Skaters, Hockey Players, etc.) though minimum hours of study do apply and vary based on leveling and for safety reasons.
Ballet Russe BC offers summer training programmes during the last 2 weeks of August. Our programmes are uniquely designed for students looking for a jump-start to their training year and courses offered include Technique, Pointe (where applicable), Rhythmic Stretch and Conditioning, Acrobatics, and Contemporary. Students interested in applying for acceptance are invited to reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Contact Page.
Ballet Russe BC offers spring intensive training programmes every March during spring break, to students who wish to boost their technical and artistic abilities through 1 week of classes which typically include Technique, Pointe (where applicable), Rhythmic Stretch and Conditioning, Acrobatics, and Contemporary. Students interested in applying for acceptance are invited to reach out to us by email at email@example.com or via our Contact Page.
West Vancouver Schools
Premier Ballet Academy Programme
Ballet Russe BC is proudly partnered with the West Vancouver Schools (WVS) as its exclusive Premier Ballet Academy. Through this program, Ballet Russe BC students receive exceptional training in the Lower Mainland based on the Vaganova training syllabus as issued by the Russian Ministry of Education. This program is ideal for students of Rockridge, Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary Schools 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 audition for acceptance and those accepted will earn their grade-equivalent Physical Education and Applied Skills course credits upon successful completion of the program. The program’s intention is to provide the best possible training experience for all participants, with intensive classes taking place during the school day.