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National Ballet School invites five FVAD students

November 9, 2018

Canada’s National Ballet School invites five FVAD students for Summer 2019 following auditions in Vancouver!

Chase Bradley, Allison Delves, Andrew Delves, Jasia Greenan, and Mikayla Pelletier of Fraser Valley Academy of Dance were among the very few who qualified for Canada’s National Ballet School summer session following their successful auditions.

Learn more about the Vancouver Auditions in this great 2017 Vancouver Sun article:

Only 150 of over 1000 hopeful students are invited to attend the summer school.   Of those, around 50 will be asked to join the full-time, NBS Professional Ballet Program.

Two FVAD alumna, Anna Neudorf and Isabella Almarez, are currently training full-time at NBS, having been accepted in 2018 and 2017 respectively.  Andrew Delves was also invited full-time in 2018 but decided to remain training with Mr. Carney at FVAD until he is older.

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 Ballet 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.

The National Ballet School has long offered elite training programs for students who wish to pursue a career in dance.  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.

If a student graduates from the full-time program, the chances of employment are very good as 95% of NBS graduates find work in Canada or abroad.

To prepare for these full-time programs, Fraser Valley Academy of Dance provides students with an ideal opportunity for high-quality training with their half-day Pre-Professional Academy (PPA) program.  Artistic Director John Carney has developed his own syllabus for the Academy, merging the advanced training of the British Royal Ballet School and Russian Vaganova School, while incorporating the more basic Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

With so many students successful in their auditions with top ballet company schools, 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.

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