Ballet Academy Personnel

The Premier Ballet Academy is another example of the West Vancouver Schools’ commitment to facilitating increased access to athlete and performance development through pathways in education. We recognize that the Premier programs are a viable means enabling students to meet their numerous educational, societal, and personal objectives.

Overview of Program: Opportunity

The West Vancouver Schools Premier Ballet Academy will be offered in partnership with Ballet Russe British Columbia and will provide a very high caliber of training based on the Vaganova training syllabus, issued by the Russian Ministry of Education. This program is ideal for students in pursuit of a professional career in dance, enabling them to not only meet the demands of their ballet training, but also allow them to fulfill their high school academic requirements in a healthy and balanced way.

Students must apply by audition, and those accepted will earn their grade-equivalent Physical Education (Grades 8-12) and Dance Performance (Grades 8-12) course credits upon successful completion of the program.  Dancers will have access to exceptional instruction, coaching, training and unrivaled professional facilities. The program’s intention is to provide the best possible ballet training experience for all participants, with intensive classes taking place during the school day.


Curriculum will follow the principles and methodology of the Vaganova technique, and will be completed through a full spectrum instruction of dance consisting of but not limited to:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Pointe Work
  • Repertoire
  • Pas de Deux (Partnering)
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Character and Flamenco Dance
  • Rhythmic Stretch and Conditioning
  • Music and History of Dance
  • Nutrition

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The Program Concept

The Premier Ballet Academy will provide the caliber of training necessary for students who wish to pursue a professional career in dance, while fulfilling the academic requirements they need in order to graduate from high school.  By participating in this Academy program, students will obtain unrivaled ballet training while earning grade-required course credits including Physical Education and Applied Skills.

The Premier Ballet Academy program offered to both boys and girls, Grades 8-12, who are registered at any one of the West Vancouver Schools’ three secondary schools: Rockridge, Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary.

Premier Ballet Academy: Personnel

Roberta-BaseggioMs. Roberta Baseggio, Artistic Director, Ballet Russe BC

Born in Italy, Ms. Roberta Baseggio began her ballet studies at very young age.  She trained at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, where she graduated with a Degree in Arts and Dance in 1989.  There, she mastered the Vaganova method, Italian Enrico Cecchetti method, and the Martha Graham contemporary technique and trained with internationally renowned ballet masters Victor Litvinov, Loipa Araújo, Margherita Trayanova, Zarko Prebil, Luc Bouy, Floris Alexander, Patricia Neary, Elisabetta Terabust, just to name a few.

Read more about Ms. Baseggio here.

Tanya-JarrettMs. Tanya Jarrett, Founder and Executive Director, Ballet Russe BC

Based on a deep respect and passion for the performing arts, Tanya has taken the first steps towards fulfilling a lifelong dream of hers by founding Ballet Russe BC and in doing so, creating an educational environment that is based on a set of strong core values for dancers in pursuit of exceptional classical ballet training. Born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, from the age of 3, she spent the bulk of her childhood and adolescent years training in both classical ballet and piano.

Read more about Ms. Jarrett here.


  • To achieve a standard of classical ballet training consistent with the Vaganova syllabus which is an internationally recognized standard for ballet instruction, and has produced some of the world’s most famous dancers including Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Natalia Osipova, and Svetlana Zakharova.
  • To acquire solid knowledge of dance vocabulary (Ballet, Character, Flamenco, and Contemporary, and all related movements, steps, and positions.
  • To explore different genres of dance and identify the optimal fit for each student based on personal preference, ability, facility, and career aspirations.
  • To engage students in choreographic projects as a means to explore their creativity and hone their leadership skills.
  • To educate students on health and nutrition and to instill proper training habits to maximize results and minimize injuries.
  • To provide opportunities for self-expression and artistic development.

Fact Sheet

The Premier Ballet Academy Program:

  • Designed for boys and girls, Grades 8-12, who are registered as full time students at Rockridge, Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary Schools
  • Conducive to scheduling students’ full academic requirements in the mornings in order to allow students the ability to participate in dance training every day in the afternoons
  • Provides Applied Skills and Physical Education (8, 9, 10, 11 or 12) course credits at each grade level
  • Transportation provided for students from our West Vancouver schools TO the ballet studio each afternoon, Monday through Friday
  • Students will be evaluated on a daily basis during class each day and will receive real-time feedback and corrections from instructors.
  • Focused on academic achievement, individual technical and artistic improvement, cooperative learning, physical fitness and overall growth and character development
  • This program is offered in partnership with Ballet Russe BC, and students are accepted into this Premier Ballet Academy program by audition only.
  • Comprehensive training regimen based on the principles and methodology of the Vaganova technique – a codified technical approach to injury-free training which focuses on the simultaneous development of both technical and artistic proficiency.
  • Strictly supplementary to the existing programs run by various outside dance programs

$350 per month x 10 months (September – June)

Note: Higher enrollment numbers will result in a  reduction of tuition fees.

Requirements & Registration

Students apply on line and then audition. Those accepted into the Premier Ballet Academy program must provide a copy of their most recent report card, indicating very good progress in academic subject areas, as well as evidence of socially responsible behavior, an excellent work ethic and an overall positive attitude. The program’s intention is to provide the best possible ballet training experience while in a supportive, encouraging, inspiring and cooperative environment. So for the student who has a passion in the area of ballet with a goal of dancing professionally, we are very excited to offer this very unique and excellent opportunity for students in our West Vancouver Schools.

Contact Information

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575

Students interested in participating in the Premier Ballet Academy are invited to complete and submit an online registration form:

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