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I joined The Australian Ballet School 37 years ago and after graduation went on to dance as a Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet and as Senior Principal with the English National Ballet. Now, after many years committed to vocational education and training, I am thrilled to lead the School into the future, following in the footsteps of the three visionary leaders who came before me. For fifty years The Australian Ballet School has produced dancers of the highest calibre for our parent company, The Australian Ballet, state companies and leading dance companies throughout the world. The School offers an exciting, unique and creatively driven eight-year programme that provides the very best in vocational and educational training. Our holistic approach ensures all students have a broad-based, comprehensive education, which equips them to pursue vocations, not only in dance and the allied arts, but in areas outside dance. I look forward to a future of excellence and artistry for our hard working and talented students as we continue to enhance our training programme and strive to advance the art of ballet in Australia.
Lisa Pavane

Honour the past, achieve in the present, create the future

As Australia's national centre for elite vocational classical dance and the school of The Australian Ballet, we aspire to be at the forefront, internationally, as providers of a unique, professional dance training programme that: produces dancers with a distinctive Australian style; balances technique and artistry with educational needs and holistic care; trains teachers and develops the artistic leaders of the future and advances the art of ballet.

The Australian Ballet School will continue to produce dancers of the highest calibre for our parent company, The Australian Ballet and companies around the world. Our aim is to balance the rigorous demands of professional training with a creative, caring and challenging environment where excellence can flourish.

Our environment is conducive to producing artistic, educated and outstanding dancers of the highest international standard. We aim to nurture young talent so that every provision is made for the best to be the best – to guide students to develop into well-balanced human beings, with a strong ethical sense – well fed in body, mind and spirit.





The Australian Ballet Schools rendition of the classic Nutcracker - The Gift of a Dream was the perfect finale for the well-respected institution’s 50th anniversary year. This family favorite story ballet, cleverly choreographed by Leigh Rowles, kept the young audience properly entertained and surprisingly well behaved for the duration of its 2 acts. The story, slightly different than the traditional Nutcracker, was fun, creative and challenging enough for the dancers to show their skills and excellent training. 
The first act...



This is the fourth time I have seen Leigh Rowles’ delightful version of The Nutcracker and it can safely be said that it has stood the test of time. It is a great show for adults and children alike.  It offers clean, pure fun and plenty of vignettes in a variety of styles, giving the young dancers many opportunities to show themselves and try out different roles as they progress through the school...




Hobart                  01/03/15
Melbourne         15/03/15
Sydney                 03/05/15
Brisbane              17/05/15
Cairns                    12/07/15
Adelaide              20/07/15
Perth                     22/07/15

6-8 July 2015


12 MAY
Arts Centre Melbourne - Hamer Hall
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14 MAY
Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds

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26 MAY
Frankston Arts Centre
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Week One:
Sunday 3rd – Thursday 7th January
Week Two:
Friday 8th – Tuesday 12th January



The Australian Ballet School is an autonomous, not-for-profit organisation that auditions and accepts students from all over urban and rural Australia and overseas based solely on talent and artistic potential, regardless of their financial circumstances.

The School currently receives 38% of its income from the Federal Government. The remainder is raised through fees, philanthropic support and performances. Fees are kept to a minimum to ensure that no student is disadvantaged due to financial circumstances so they do not cover the full costs associated with training. As a result, we need your help.

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