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Pre-professional course

advanced Diploma of
Professional dance

(elite Performance)

rto 31713

Auditioning now for 2024 and 2025

Our Pre-Professional Course is comprehensive course offered to talented students (15yrs+) to achieve an Government accredited Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60120 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 the Our Pre-Professional Course- Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60120 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 Professional Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60120 is a secure pathway to obtain a qualification in dance whilst completing academic schooling. This course can also be enrolled into by students that are not undertaking 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 Professional Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60120 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)

- Flamenco/Spanish Dance

- 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 2025

- Limited places are available.

Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60120 Units

CUADAN631 - Perform dance repertoire at a professional level

CUADAN613 - Extend ballet techniques to a professional level 

CUADAN614 - Extend ballet performance skills to a professional level

CUADAN617 - Extend dance techniques to a professional level

CUADAN618 - Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level

CUAWHS612 - Develop strategies for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment

CUADAN531 - Refine dance techniques

CUAWHS611 - Apply advanced gym and weight training to dance

CUADAN619 - Extend cultural dance performance skills to a professional level

CUADAN616 - Extend pointe work techniques to a professional level 

CUAMUP511 - Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles

CUAWHS511 - Maintain a high level of fitness for performance

CUADAN615 - Perform pas de deux at a professional level

CUACHR611 - Create choreography for stage and screen

CUADAN517 - Refine dance partnering techniques

CUADAN518 - Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques

CUADAN621 - Perform virtuoso contemporary dance techniques

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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