The Ballet Boys Project

July 8 – September 9, 2024

Free ballet classes for boys aged 11 – 14.

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The Ballet Boys Project

About

Queensland Ballet is taking the global decline of boys in ballet and dance very seriously and is committed to changing this downward trend and addressing what is potentially a sustainability issue for the artform. 

Queensland Ballet is encouraging the dance and broader community to join this movement with us to ensure the tradition of ballet – although ever evolving, lives on with strong participation from male dancers.  

As the first part of The Ballet Boys Project, Queensland Ballet is thrilled to offer free weekly classes to boys aged 11 – 14, commencing on Monday 8 July 2024, alternating each week between the Company’s two venues: the Thomas Dixon Centre (West End) and Queensland Ballet Academy (Kelvin Grove).  

This initiative aims to remove barriers for boys wanting to take ballet classes by offering these boys-only classes at no cost, with no uniform requirements, and no audition required. 

This is a unique opportunity to bring together boys who are enjoying ballet in the community sector, sometimes as the only boy in their class. 

Students will enjoy the following benefits:

• forging friendships with other boys who dance   

• focusing on male-specific ballet technique   

• classes and mentoring by leading professional male teachers   

• building a support network of likeminded peers    

• dancing in purpose-built, professional dance studios

• enjoying a safe and encouraging environment   

• being inspired by witnessing older boys and men pursuing their love of ballet in our facilities   

Class schedule & locations

8 July – West End (Queensland Ballet) 

15 July – Kelvin Grove (Queensland Ballet Academy) 

22 July – West End (Queensland Ballet) 

29 July – Kelvin Grove (Queensland Ballet Academy) 

5 August – West End (Queensland Ballet)  

12 August – Kelvin Grove (Queensland Ballet Academy) 

19 August – West End (Queensland Ballet) 

26 August – Kelvin Grove (Queensland Ballet Academy) 

2 September – West End (Queensland Ballet) 

9 September – Kelvin Grove (Queensland Ballet Academy) 

Addresses 

THOMAS DIXON CENTRE
406 Montague Road
West End QLD 4101 

QUEENSLAND BALLET ACADEMY
Gate 1, 101 L’Estrange Terrace
Kelvin Grove QLD 4059  

More details

Commitment  

Boys are encouraged to attend weekly from 8 July 2024 for maximum benefit, although attendance is not compulsory.  

Please note: New students may be considered to join at any time throughout the term.  

Eligibility   

Male students in Academic Years 6 – 9 with previous ballet (or dance) experience.  

Minimum syllabus level – RAD Grade 5, Intermediate Foundation or equivalent.   

Please note: Consideration of applicants outside this age group and experience level will be made once all other applicants have been considered and if places are available.   

Entry   

No audition, selection via online application.   

Please note: It is preferred that parents/carers discuss participation with their child’s dance teacher before applying.  

Dates & times

  • Monday, July 08, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, July 15, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, July 22, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, July 29, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, August 05, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, August 12, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, August 19, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, August 26, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, September 02, 20245.15pm
  • Monday, September 09, 20245.15pm

Important information

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Classes will be held at the Thomas Dixon Centre and Queensland Ballet Academy. Please refer to Class Schedule for more information


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Suitable for boys aged 11 – 14 (Academic Years 6 – 9)


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There is no set uniform for these classes, however, to ensure safe participation and in-line with best practice, students are required to wear ballet shoes and class attire (e.g. tights, fitted top or unitard, boy’s support as required).  


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Class duration approximately one hour and 30 minutes


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For wheelchair and accessible enquiries please email or call us on (07) 3013 6666





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Classes are free. All fees are fully subsidised by Queensland Ballet

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