The Golden Time to Start Training Professionally

Your child dreams of being a professional ballerina – maybe even a principal dancer! What do you need to do, and when should they start training?

Find a Reputable School

Your first step is to find a reputable school to train at with a well-rounded curriculum. Established in 1991, Alberta Ballet School is recognized as one of Canada’s leading dance schools. Our ballet curriculum has been developed with Artistic Advisor, Diane van Schoor, specifically for Alberta Ballet School, incorporating prominent influences from Cecchetti, Vaganova, and French systems of training. All students learn from experienced international school faculty, guest teachers, and professional dancers from Alberta Ballet Company. These educators provide mentorship and instruction, allowing our students to reach their highest artistic potential.

Build the Foundation

Many children develop their love for dance at a young age. At Alberta Ballet School, children as young as 3 years old can experience the joy of movement and music at one of the best ballet schools in the world. In these early years, classes focus on pre-ballet, eurythmics, and creative movement. This benefits young children as it develops co-ordination, gross and fine motor and language skills, and promotes physicality. Between the ages of 8-10, young bodies are ready to begin more formal, classical ballet training. This is a vital stage for those contemplating pursuing dance at a professional level as it allows the students to learn the fundamentals of classical technique from the beginning and ensures their bodies are trained correctly and safely.

Alberta Ballet School offers a unique, invitation-only Preparation for Professional Division Program designed for dancers entering academic grades 5-6 who are considering pursuing professional ballet training. In this program, students begin developing the level of technique and artistry required to pursue professional studies and potentially a professional career in ballet.

Grade 7: The Golden Age to Start Training Professionally

Upon completion of the Preparation for Professional Division, students in grades 7-12 can be accepted into the full-time Professional Division Program to continue pursuing their professional training while completing their academic studies. Both artistic and academic training takes place at the Calgary location. Students wishing to continue their passion for dance without entering the professional program can enter into our Intensive Training Program to continue high-level training with eventual access to our High School Credit Program where they can receive high school credits for the time they spend training in the studio.

Post-Graduate Program

Upon receiving their high school diploma, students seeking additional dance training before auditioning for professional dance companies can enroll in our two-year Post-Graduate Program. Our program exists to nurture the technical and artistic talents of emerging dancers aspiring to dance professionally.

Do you want your child to start their ballet career at the best ballet academy in the world? Contact the official school of Alberta Ballet today!