Ms. Victoria was a ballerina for 21 years after graduating from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (St. Petersburg, Russia). She danced with the Mikhailovsky (Mussorgsky) Opera and Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1995, after 5 years of university studies, she graduated from the Teachers Department of the Vaganova Academy majoring in ballet pedagogy and choreography. Read Ms. Victoria’s story here.
Once established in Canada, Ms. Victoria, who represents the second generation of Russian ballet professors who have mastered the knowledge contained in the world-renowned Vaganova syllabus, set out on the gratifying path of sharing her passion for ballet and her many years of knowledge and experience with all the children and adults who wanted to participate in this same dedication to the art of ballet.
With that goal in mind, the Academy opened its doors in 2003, and a year later it became a specialized day school that combined academic education with professional ballet training. The Academy moved in 2012 to its new facilities which include four large, well appointed and professional studios.
Through the years VIBA has evolved to become not only the best ballet school for professional dancers combined with academic subjects at the elementary and high school grades; it is also the place where every child and adult can enjoy and learn ballet from the best teachers as well as art and music in our friendly after-school and weekend programs.
The school offers its Summer Intensive Ballet Program for local and foreign students who want to continue their ballet training under the guidance of the best Canadian and international ballet teachers. In our Summer Camp, the little ones start training and loving dance at a young age while having fun and learning something useful during their summer holidays.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
At what age can one start ballet?
Children can start practicing ballet as early as three years of age. Adults can also start at any point in their lives to improve their overall health and body image. To become a professional ballet dancer, children should start taking ballet lessons before they turn 10-11 years old.
How many classes does my child need to take to benefit from ballet?
Professional ballet training requires 5 to 6 days per week and 2 to 3
hours a day of practice with a highly qualified teacher. Non-professional training leading to an ability to dance well requires 2-3 times a week practice, 1-2 hours per day, depending on the age. The youngest children from 3 to 4 years of age can attend our school once a week to benefit from the physical exercise and the group experience, and most importantly to begin developing a love of music and ballet.
What are the schedules like?
For our after-school program it all depends on your child’s age and the number of classes they will attend. Please follow this link where you will find the complete schedule: Class Schedule
What are your teachers’ qualifications?
All our teachers have received professional ballet instruction in Russia or in Canada according to the Vaganova syllabus besides having been specifically trained to teach. Please follow this link for more information about some of our main teachers.
What makes this Ballet school different?
Our school specializes in ballet instruction which encompasses all choreographic disciplines including contemporary, character dance, conditioning
and stretching as part of the classical ballet training. The physical development and technique preparation continues for 9 months, and one month is dedicated to the school end-of-year recital. Our qualified master ballet instructors build upon more than 300 years of experience developed by the world famous Vaganova Ballet Academy of Russia.
What are some of the benefits of ballet?
Some of the most important benefits of ballet are improved health, strength, coordination, self-discipline, self-esteem, ability to perform in front of an audience, music appreciation and a general feeling of energy and well being.
What is the cost per class or term?
A complete price chart is presented in this web-site.
Remember that at Victoria International Ballet Academy our prices are always lower when you take into consideration the time and money saved as your children learn the proper technique at the right time. Choosing the wrong school can really be very expensive when you look at the missed opportunities and poor outcomes.
My daughter started with two lessons per week, then four, and now she wants to come everyday! At VIBA her love for ballet has increased thanks to the brilliant teachers and great environment this school has to offer. I am so pleased to know that she is learning something that makes her smart, healthy, and happy all at the same time.