Designed to prepare dancers for professional performance careers and post-graduate dance degree studies, entrance into this division is by audition only. Students are required to commit to all the weekly classes of their level and attend scheduled performance opportunities throughout the year. Students may also be selected to participate in and commit to various festivals, competitions, conventions, workshops, master classes, etc. The primary ballet training is the Vaganova Method and, and the discretion of teachers, students participate in the Royal Academy of Dance examinations.
Talent is always recognized, and it is given every opportunity to develop.
The Richmond Academy of Dance’s Professional Division includes a Half-Day Program in addition to the Professional Evening Programs. Dancers receive training in classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre, acting, voice and hip hop. Classical technique classes include studies in pointe, variations, repertoire, pas de deux, experiential anatomy, body conditioning and Pilates.
Dancers will rehearse and perform in professional theatres and have the opportunity to dance with a live orchestra. World-renowned guest artists are invited annually to coach Professional Division dancers in technique classes bringing to the Academy some of the world’s newest philosophies and techniques and to stage on the dancers their newest choreography. This coaching enables dancers to continuously push their limits.
The knowledge and expertise of the resident faculty members provides the foundation for dancers upon graduation to find placements in companies and post-secondary institutions around the world. To date, Academy graduates have danced with The National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet, Ballet BC, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, The Julliard School, Cape Town Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Batsheva Dance Company, Bad Boys of Dance, London Central Ballet, Ryerson Polytechnic and Ballet Jorgen, as well as apprenticeships around the world.
This highly successful division has received recognition by many artists including Veronica Tennant, Anna-Marie Holmes, Diane van Schoor (Ballet Principal, Royal Ballet School), Jeff Hyslop, Susan Toumine (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), Karen Averty (Paris Opera Ballet), Cody Green, Paul Caplette (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), Edmund Stripe (Alberta Ballet) and North America’s finest post-secondary dance training institutions.
Dancers come annually from as far as Japan to experience the best of classical, modern and musical theatre training. The fusion of talent from different backgrounds creates a wonderful atmosphere that the Academy is well known for. Be a part of a wondrous journey encompassing the best training under master teachers and choreographers. The exhilarating experiences of this specialized division produce truly unique results.