Upper School - Contemporary Course

An exciting course designed to equip dancers with a strong, hybrid skill set across both ballet and contemporary techniques, in preparation for pre-professional and tertiary contemporary dance studies.

Contemporary Course

Under the direction of our Head of Contemporary Dance and Resident Choreographer, Louise Deleur, this course is an additional pathway available within the Upper School. It is suited to students entering year 11 or 12, who are seeking a career in professional companies whose repertoire incorporates contemporary, modern or neo-classical genres.

Graduates of this unique course will be primed to progress into further training as strong, classically trained pre-professional dancers with highly developed skills attained through a focused development of a range of contemporary dance techniques and specialised skills including partnering, improvisation and choreography.

#Course Eligibility

Students entering school years 11 or 12.

Enrolment may be conditional on academic credits and ability to complete the QCE.

Post-school students - must be entering their first year out of the Australian school system (year 13) and must meet the enrolment criteria of Kelvin Grove State College.

Students may be required to complete two years of the course before receiving a Queensland Ballet Academy Pre-Professional Certificate upon completion of the program. 

Each students circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.

Levels 3-1 (years 10-12) undertake dance training at the Academy building from 8am, followed by academic classes at Kelvin Grove State College from 1.50pm - 4.45pm each weekday. These levels also offer dance training on Saturdays from 8am - 1.15pm (approx.). The level by level dance training component is outlined below. Weekly schedules and start/finish times are subject to change as required.

Contemporary Course

23 hours per week (across 6 days) 

  • Classical Ballet  
  • Pointe Technique (Ladies)
  • Contemporary Dance  

  • Body Conditioning, Yoga and Male Fitness  

  • Pas de Deux (Men)

  • Contemporary Partnering techniques 

  • Improvisation 

  • Repertoire 

  • Additional Studies (extra 3-5hrs/wk) 

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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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