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advanced Diploma of dance

(elite Performance)


rto 31713

Auditioning now for 2021 and 2022

A comprehensive course offered to talented young students (15yrs+) to achieve an Government accredited Advanced Diploma qualification, completely unique to Queensland National Ballet School and can be adapted to suit individual training programmes over a 2-3 year, or 3-5 days per week training schedule.

Students who graduate with an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113 are highly trained work ready alumni and are positioned on the forefront of the dance industry. Diverse ranges of career options are available to those with an Advanced Diploma qualification. Training for the 'world-class' performer, a physically intense program with abundant opportunities in all facets of the dance industry.


Students are encouraged to complete their academic schooling through distance education, with options to subsidize academic tuition fees when enrolled through Cairns School of Distance Education. Our Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113 is a secure pathway to obtain a qualification in dance whilst completing academic schooling.

As the dance world progresses, this day and age, it has become more and more important for dancers to have a strong classical and contemporary technique for all career paths in the dance industry. Qld National Ballet School is structured to develop our students into employable dancers, receiving the highest level of training from many former professional dancers or prestigious dance teachers.

Credit for the completion of the Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113 may be banked for the student with the Queensland Studies Authority and may contribute to the issuance of a Queensland Certificate of Education. They may also be credited toward an OP equivalent score: awarded by the Queensland Tertiary Application Centre, for students seeking higher education pathways.

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Classes offered- Monday to Friday (Saturday classes available).

- Russian Vaganova based Open Classical Classes (Advanced)

- Syllabus ballet classes with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet

- Advanced Contemporary

- Advanced Pointe

- Advanced Pas de duex (partnering)

- Repertoire (classical and contemporary)

- Commercial Jazz

- Specialized boys classes

- Advanced Stretch classes

- Cardio and strength

- Choreography

- Audition Skills

- Production/design/stage craft

- Acro (optional)

- Acceptance by Audition Only- (only Australian and New Zealand citizens only) 

- Minimum age: 15 years old as at 1 January 2020

- Limited places are available.

Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance CUA60113 Units

CUADAN601 Perform dance repertoire at a professional level

CUADAN603 Extend ballet technique to a professional level

CUADAN604 Extend ballet performance skills to a professional level

CUADAN607 Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level

CUADAN608 Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level

CUAWHS602 Develop techniques for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment

CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice

CUADAN606 Extend pointe work techniques to a professional level

CUADAN602 Perform advanced classical ballet technique

CUAMUP501 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles

CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance

CUADAN605 Perform pas de deux at a professional level

CUACHR601 Create choreography for stage and screen

CUADAN507 Refine dance partnering technique

CUADAN508 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance technique

CUADAN611 Perform virtuoso contemporary dance technique

CUARES503 - Analyse cultural history and theory


Many of the greatest stars in the history of classical ballet came from the Vaganova method. These include Anna Pavlova, Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, and modern dancers include Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Ivan Vasilev, Svetlana Zakharova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Maria Kochetkova, Natalia Osipova, Polina Semionova, Maria Khoreva and many many more. 

They all had teachers who studied the Vaganova method their whole lives and passed it on with diligence. It’s no surprise: Many students aspiring to become professionals choose this method as a foundation for their classical technique. Our students are strictly trained in the Russian Vaganova Method and Syllabus (Australian Conservatoire of Ballet- ACB) as the Vaganova Method is predominantly use the most prestigious school around the world. 

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