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Alberta Ballet School invites six FVAD students

November 22, 2023
Alberta Ballet School has invited six FVAD student to their Summer Intensive 2024 following their recent auditions in Vancouver.

Hanna G, Justine A, Adriana C, Myla O, Catherine H and Jaime A of Fraser Valley Academy of Dance have all qualified for the Alberta Ballet School summer session following successful auditions in October.  Congratulations to all!!

Hundreds of Canadian and International students audition each year for the few places in the summer sessions.  Only a handful of those attending the summer sessions will be invited to the ABS Professional  Program, where FVAD alumni Kaylie Conner and Amanda Sheffield have trained full-time, and many other FVAD students have been invited to summer sessions in past years.

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To prepare for these full-time programs, Fraser Valley Academy of Dance provides students with an ideal opportunity for high-quality training with the Pre-Professional Academy program. Artistic Director John Carney invites potential students into the Academy program, and oversees their training from that point onwards.

With over 120 invitations resulting from auditions with top ballet company schools as of 2023, the results speak for themselves.  The quality of training and calibre of teaching at the Academy is exceptional, not just for a small town like Mission, or within the Fraser Valley, but across Canada.

Being accepted into the summer school is only the 1st stage in what will be an ongoing audition process. The 2nd stage is making it through the summer school and being invited to a school’s Professional Program. Even then, students are continually assessed during the full-time program. If the student demonstrates progress and a healthy work ethic, he or she will be invited back for another year.

If accepted after the summer school 2nd stage audition, students are invited from academic Grade 6 to 12 to train full-time with the school.  Students live in residence and participate in a half-day academic program which enables them to train additional hours per day in ballet.