Victoria Ballet Academy’s day school was registered in 2004, with all its students attending grade 5. In January of 2006, they travelled for the first time to the ballet capital of the world: St. Petersburg, Russia. They visited the Vaganova Ballet Academy, alma mater of Ms. Victoria Mironova and other teachers of VIBA. After that, they travelled to Poland, Finland, Sweden, China, Cuba, and the U.S.A. At their first competition in Ukraine, in 2006, one of our students obtained the first place in the category of the youngest dancers.
In May of 2007, the Academy moved to its second location thus achieving a threefold increase in space as many more students enrolled in the school.
In 2009, three students were invited by the organizing committee of the International Ballet Competition in Beijing, China, to represent Canada. During that same year, students of the academy performed in the Ballet Sleeping Beauty at the then newly opened Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. That was the beginning of the professional ballet company created to stage the Nutcracker ballet by request from the RHCPA’s management. Following a first successful performance, the company has since staged the Nutcracker ballet during four consecutive seasons.
In 2011, our first graduating class took their final academic exams and their final professional exams in Classical Ballet and Character Dance. The international examination board was chaired by Mr. Vladilen Semenov, a renowned star of the Kirov ballet, presently a teacher at the American Ballet Theatre. Two of our first graduates, Anastasia Loskutov and Elizaveta Mironova, continued their ballet careers, and all others began their university studies. Immediately after their graduation, Anastasia and Elizaveta participated in the International Ballet Competition in Ukraine and shared the first place in the senior group.
The school moved to its better and more spacious location in August of 2012. The new premises now have four spacious ballet studios and all the wonderful conveniences necessary for a school of such prestige and good reputation.
On May 11, 2013, students of the academy will be hosting a Community Event that will feature ballet and music performances, an art workshop, and an animal show presented by the Pirates of the Caribbean.
After their academic and ballet exams, and the end-of-year Gala Concert, we will continue training and having fun during the Summer Camp for children 4 -8 years of age and the Summer Intensive for older children and teenagers.
In the 2013-2014 school year some of our students will participate in the Youth America Grand Prix competition, in Cordova, Mexico. They will also perform with Victoria Ballet Company in the Nutcracker and Cinderella ballets in three of the largest theatres of Toronto and other cities. In April of 2014 they will travel to St. Petersburg to participate in the Dance Festival, will enjoy the city landmarks, take master classes with ballet stars and enjoy their stage performances.
We hope this brief history of VIBA has inspired you to continue your children’s training and education with us. We are always welcoming new and enthusiastic students who would like to be part of our great team.
Victoria International Ballet Academy