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Welcome to Vancouver Academy of Dance - Ballet Programs.

Located in the heart of Richmond, BC, the Vancouver Academy of Dance (VAD) is a premier institution dedicated to nurturing and developing ballet talent. Our ballet program is designed to build a strong technical foundation and guide students from beginner to pre-professional stages. Accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), VAD adheres to the highest international standards. Our team includes three esteemed instructors who are not only examiners but also integral members of our faculty.

Ballet Programs in Richmond


Division Offered In Our Jazz Programs

General Division 

Designed for those who want to enjoy and explore jazz dance in a relaxed and fun environment, the General Division is perfect for beginners and those looking to dance for leisure. This stream focuses on developing basic jazz techniques and fostering a love for dance without the pressure of competition.

Competitive/Performance Division

For dancers seeking to elevate their skills and perform at a higher level, the Competitive/Performance Division requires ballet training. This division emphasizes advanced jazz techniques, stage presence, and performance quality. Dancers in this stream will have opportunities to participate in competitions and performances, showcasing their talent and dedication.

  • Accreditation: Our program is accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), ensuring our training meets international standards.

  • Expert faculty: Our instructors are not only experienced teachers but also RAD International examiners. Their expertise guarantees a high-quality education that aligns with the best practices in ballet training

  • Comprehensive curriculum: From the basics to advanced techniques, our curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded dancers equipped with the skills needed for professional ballet careers.

  • Performance opportunities: Students have the chance to participate in recitals, competitions, and community events, gaining valuable stage experience and showcasing their talent.

Why Choose Our Ballet Program?

Our distinguished faculty includes experienced and dedicated instructors who are committed to providing the highest quality of ballet education:

Our Ballet Instructors At Vancouver Academy  Of Dance


Lisa Ho


Angela King

Audition & Prerequistes

Certain programs require auditions and prerequisite training to ensure students are placed in classes that best suit their skill level and goals:

  • Lyrical, Jazz, Acrobatic, Contemporary, and Chinese Dance: Require prior ballet training for competitive levels.

  • K-pop, Hip Hop: Open to all levels, with competitive options available based on skill assessment.

Among them, three instructors serve as examiners for the RAD and ISTD, ensuring our students receive education aligned with international standards.


At Vancouver Academy of Dance, we are committed to providing a supportive and inspiring environment for all ballet dancers. Whether you are just beginning your ballet journey or preparing for a professional career, our experienced instructors are here to guide you every step of the way.

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