The School Of Alberta Ballet Professional Division


Led by Artistic Principal Ashley McNeil and exceptional faculty, this program is designed to train students for a career in dance. The School of Alberta Ballet sees each student as truly unique, and works with each dancer, helping them to reach their full potential. 

Junior School (grades 7-9)

The Junior School sees a progression of training to establish the basics of classical ballet, correct posture, turnout, coordination, development of the leg and foot muscles and carriage of the arms. Pointe work is gradually introduced into the program and Cecchetti Syllabus Examination work is introduced. Workshop and repertoire classes are added as training progresses.

Senior School (grades 10-12)

From grades 10 to 12, the program of daily classical ballet classes is complimented with a strong contemporary dance component, ensuring the student becomes familiar and is well equipped in many movement forms and has gained the ability to withstand the rigours of today's international companies. Class work includes pointe classes for female students, virtuosity classes for male students, Pas de deux, repertoire, variations, body conditioning and, until grade 11, character classes.

Post-Secondary Programs

Professional Graduate Program

The School of Alberta Ballet’s Professional Graduate Program provides a natural stepping stone from school to the professional dance world. The Professional Graduate program exists to nurture the technical and artistic talents of emerging young dance artists aspiring to dance professionally. As a program for students who have completed High School, Professional Graduate students participate in a rigorous, full-time training program, helping students to launch their career. Classes include professionally oriented training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, pas de deux and repertoire.

Alberta Ballet II
Under Director Aram Manukyan, this tuition-free program for emerging artists launched in June 2014.
Members of Alberta Ballet II will join Alberta Ballet onstage in productions such as The Nutcracker working with Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître and visiting guest artists throughout the year. Our emerging artists will work with invited choreographers and Alberta Ballet artistic staff to create exclusive works and learn existing Alberta Ballet repertoire. Members of Alberta Ballet II will be paid honorariums as well as a shoe allowance when performing onstage with Alberta Ballet.

In addition to working with Alberta Ballet, Alberta Ballet II will form an integral part of Alberta Ballet’s education and outreach programs – touring and performing for over 20,000 Albertans in 2015-2016. Alberta Ballet II is designed to bridge the gap between school and a professional career in ballet. Our emerging artists will receive intensive daily instruction as well as professional development opportunities – giving them the tools to successfully audition for, perform with, and excel in professional dance companies around the world.

Within the week, all students participate in the following classes (ABII varies):

  • Classical ballet
  • Pointe
  • Classical repertoire
  • Variations
  • Pas de deux
  • Contemporary
  • Men’s classes