Pre-Professional Program

Queensland Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Program is a full-time final year training program providing students with the preparation and training they require before joining a professional ballet company.

Pre-Professional Program

The Academy’s invaluable connection to Queensland Ballet allows our Pre-Professional Program students to learn from the Company’s artistic team and guest creatives through weekly classes, workshops and collaborations.

The students in this performance-based course also have access to the Company’s Performance Health professionals and facilities.

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#Program Information

The program is based in Queensland Ballet’s home in West End, and provides students with studio-to-stage professional dance experience. Throughout the year dancers prepare for their artistic careers by performing alongside Queensland Ballet Company Artists, and in standalone Academy productions.  

Students work intensively to develop their skills to the highest artistic and technical standards, preparing them for potential employment with Queensland Ballet, or any other Australian or international company. Daily training is provided by Queensland Ballet’s Artistic and Academy staff and the Company’s associate teachers.  

All Queensland Ballet Academy programs are overseen by Queensland Ballet Artistic Director, Leanne Benjamin OBE AM, and students enjoy the privilege and benefit of working within a professional environment. 

Queensland Ballet Academy’s program structure has been professionally designed to ensure dancers are career-ready once they graduate. 

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Program ensures students are ready to seek employment with leading ballet and contemporary companies in Australia and overseas. After graduation, the dancers are also welcome to audition for entry into Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker Young Artist Program. Becoming a Young Artist serves as an apprentice entry into Queensland Ballet Company. Students also have opportunities to gain employment with other Australian and international dance companies. 


Recent alumni have gained professional employment throughout Australia and internationally with the following companies: 

  • Queensland Ballet

  • Alberta Ballet, Canada

  • Australasian Dance Collective

  • Ballet am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg, Germany

  • Ballet Cymru, UK

  • Ballet Dortmund, Germany

  • Ballet Ireland, Republic of Ireland

  • Ballet Koblenz, Germany

  • Ballet Landestheater Eisenach, Germany

  • Ballet Theater Basel, Switzerland

  • Ballet Vlaanderen, Belgium

  • Bangarra Dance Theatre

  • English National Ballet, UK

  • Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong

  • Leipzig Ballet, Germany

  • Melbourne City Ballet

  • Munich Ballet, Germany

  • Paris Opera Ballet, France

  • Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand

  • Scottish Ballet, UK

  • Staatsballet Berlin, Germany

  • Staatsballet Hannover, Germany

  • Sydney Dance Company

  • Teatrul National de Opera şi Balet Oleg Danovski, Romania

  • The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, Czech Republic

  • Vanemuine Theatre Ballet, Estonia

  • West Australian Ballet

Full-time training across 6 days per week 

  • Classical ballet

  • Repertoire

  • Pas de deux

  • Pointe work  and technique

  • Contemporary dance and improvisation

  • Body conditioning and fitness

  • Live performance

  • Career preparation and planning

Entry into the Pre-Professional Program is by invitation or audition. Applicants do not need to have completed their previous ballet training with Queensland Ballet Academy to audition, however they must have reached an advanced level of dance aptitude.  

Students will also need to have completed their secondary studies to be eligible for this full-time dance training program.  Pre-Professional Program students must be turning 18 years of age within the year of commencement.

See all audition information here.

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Have more questions about our training programs? Find more information through our frequently asked questions.


Find out detailed information about auditions for all our programs.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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