Victoria Academy of Ballet (formerly Island Dance Studio) was established in 1990 by Christine Richardson F.C.S.C – C.I.C.B., ARAD. Now under the ownership and direction of Bleiddyn Del Villar Bellis, FCSC- CICB,
VAB’s faculty offers the highest caliber of professional instruction in dance training and performance. All faculty are highly experienced, qualified teachers with a passion for dance. Students of all ages and ability are trained to their fullest potential.
Victoria Academy of Ballet’s Bridge Professional Training Program in Classical Ballet is a two year, full time, post-graduate Diploma program Designated by PTIB, British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education. Successful applicants are selected through an audition process. Students are encouraged to explore different aspects of professional dance life through the extensive program curriculum. Besides classes in ballet, pointe, classical repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary, pilates, and jazz, students are trained in a professional environment. Students explore varied methods of the choreographic process, observe guest artists’ projects, as well as receive classes in academic modules containing anatomy, ballet history and various personal development subjects such as career exploration and choreographic studies. Individual advising and collaboration with knowledgeable and experienced VAB faculty and guest choreographers connect students to avenues in the dance industry. Graduates are fully prepared for the next step on their career paths.