Ballet academy

Official opening of the Queensland Ballet Academy

The $17.7 million Queensland Ballet Academy officially opened at Kelvin Grove State College with the facility featuring six large dance studios, two multi-purpose halls, a gym, physio room, staff rooms and can accommodate up to 180 students in 2020.

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace joined Queensland Governor, Kelvin Grove SC Executive Director Llew Paulger, Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin and the school community for the opening of the establishment.

Minister Grace said: “Today is a historic day for the arts in Brisbane and Queensland. We know how much this incredible center means to our public school students who are considering a professional career in ballet.

“The center will support world-class training and education while attracting elite dance students from across Australia and overseas to train under the creative direction of Queensland Ballet.”

From 2021, Queensland Ballet Academy will extend its intensive dance training program to talented students in Years 7 to 12. The program is currently available for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin said the completion of the facility was a game-changer for dance education in Queensland, adding: “Queensland Ballet is incredibly proud to have been a part of this important project.

“This is the next step in our 30-year partnership with Kelvin Grove State College.

“Together we have created an elite ballet training center that will attract talented students from across the country and abroad.

“The Queensland Ballet Academy will create a lasting legacy for future generations, and we look forward to training and nurturing our ballet students in a world-class professional setting.”

Kelvin Grove State College Executive Director Llew Paulger said the school community was thrilled with the new building and enthused, “We have delivered excellence in dance programs for the past 30 years, including our ballet program in partnership with Queensland Ballet.

“The new Queensland Ballet Academy at Kelvin Grove State College combines world-class ballet education and training with our world-class educational programs. Having the Queensland Ballet Academy, actually located within the College, is the first such ballet academy in the world.

“We hope to attract the best young Australian dancers to the academy, as well as becoming the first choice for dancers from the Asia-Pacific region.”

Top image: Courtesy of Queensland Ballet https://www.queenslandballet.com.au; image above of the $17.7 million Queensland Ballet Academy at Kelvin Grove State College

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