Student Life

This is the life…

Your experience as a student at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada will be dynamic, exciting and fun.  Known as the “friendly city”, Belleville offers big city amenities along with small town friendliness, and a pleasing mixture of the historic and modern.

Where do I go to School?

Your academic needs for QBSC students are met by the Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board.  Quinte Ballet School of Canada staff, in close coordination with the Schools involved, has developed and implemented an academic program for the students that allows for attendance at dayime dance classes. Students enrolled in elementary school attend Sir John A MacDonald.  High School students attend Centennial Secondary School

Centennial Secondary School (CSS) is the Regional Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts in the Quinte Region. This provides an excellent environment for our full-time professional dance students to attend School and work alongside other like-minded students in an exceptionally supportive environment. CSS is also located directly beside QBSC, just steps away.


photo credit: Dean Buscher

What is a typical high school students day like?

Most days for QBSC high school students go something like this…

6:30am – Wake up and get ready for academic school

8:00am – Start academic classes

12:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm – Walk to QBSC

1:30pm – Ballet class

3:00pm – Pointe Class

4:00pm – Modern/or Jazz/ or Conditioning

5:00pm – Repertoire or Rehearsal during performance season

5:30 – 6:30pm – Go home, eat dinner, do homework and sleep!

Saturdays – Hip Hop/ Jazz/Choreography/Music Class may follow Ballet class

Sir John A MacDonald (SJAM) serves students in grades 6, 7, and 8. SJAM offers a caring school environment in which students are provided with numerous opportunities to realize and achieve their potential for success. The School focuses on the shared common values of respect and responsibility and has collaboratively established School-wide Respect Agreements which outline the respectful ways all members of the School commmunity agree to interact, communicate, make decisions, and go about their daily activites.

What is a typical grade school students day like?

Most days for QBSC grade school students go something like this…

7:00am – Wake up and get ready for academic school

8:45am – Start academic classes

12:00pm – Lunch Break

3:05pm – Walk to QBSC

3:20pm – Ballet class

4:30pm – Pointe Class

5:00pm – Conditioning, Modern – Repertoire or Rehearsal during performance season

5:30pm – 6:30 pm – Go home, eat dinner, do homework and sleep!

Saturdays – Hip Hop, Jazz and Choreography follow Ballet class

Where do I live?

Our student-living program is carefully designed to be as close to living at home as possible. Students live with homestay families who are local families that are screened by QBSC.  Your homestay is a supportive ‘family’ who understands the demands of your dance training and is there to care for and support you.  Please see Homestay System for more information.

Will there be field trips?

As part of the students’ education, field trips to see live performances are planned. Students also participate in outreach programs within the community which help to promote a better understanding of dance for the public.

What do our students say?

 “I love my billets! They live close to the School and they are wonderful people. They are supportive to us as dancers and understand the demands of our daily schedules. I feel like I’m at home and part of the family”

“Any student entering QBSC cannot leave without feeling a sense of accomplishment and self improvement. There is a strong sense of companionship, support and teamwork between the students. The teachers are supportive and inspiring. We benefit from exposure to a variety of guest teachers. QBSC is unique in its ability to offer full-time training and still allow the benefit of interaction with a regular secondary school program.”

“Belleville is a great connection between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal while still maintaining its ‘small town’ quality. There is plenty to do to keep busy with and enjoy.”

“I was in The Nutcracker for the first time here and I have so many wonderful memories from the experience. I have also had the opportunity to work with amazing guest teachers and choreographers and I learned Repertoire from well known companies like Kidd-Pivot.”

“My billets are so kind and helpful. They take a genuine interest in what goes on at the Ballet School and also in my life. They make sure I am able to have fun and enjoy the social life of a typical teenager.”

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