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The Australian Ballet School's Inaugural Scholarship Awards

For the first time, The Australian Ballet School will be offering students from around Australia and internationally the opportunity to take part in The Australian Ballet School Scholarship Awards. The inaugural Scholarship Awards will provide a pathway for students to display their artistic and technical abilities, through masterclasses and performance. In addition to the support provided by the prizes, this initiative is about coming together, participating with other like-minded students to advance skills, increase understanding and enthuse passion for ballet.

Prizes will include three supreme awards of 12 month tuition scholarships, six runner-up prizes of a two week training opportunity and  further training sponsored opportunities at the School in 2017. These scholarships will provide access to The Australian Ballet School’s training pathway that have led to the successful careers of dancers such as Amber Scott, Ty King-Wall, Dimity Azoury, Brett Chynoweth and Benedicte Bemet of The Australian Ballet, to name just a few.

“Informed by meaningful history and motivated by the exciting possibilities of the future of dance in Australia and abroad, The Australian Ballet School is committed to achieving exceptional student outcomes in a unique, nurturing culture that embraces creativity, artistic expression and passion. The Australian Ballet School’s philosophy is one that embraces maximising ability and producing thinking artists who are healthy in body and mind. Upon graduation students emerge fully prepared to fulfil their potential as members of The Australian Ballet and other dance companies around the world; as individuals capable of making valuable contributions to society. We are committed to creating an environment where students will be inspired and take that next big leap in their ballet dreams.”

Lisa Pavane, Director of The Australian Ballet School

“The Australian Ballet School is one of the great vocational Ballet schools of world. It is very exciting that dancers from across the country will be able to come together to compete for opportunities to train at this prestigious school. For more than 50 years the majority of The Australian Ballet's dancers have trained through The Australian Ballet School and this Scholarship could be the beginning for the next generation of young dancers to also become members of our national company. We are proud to be a part of this wonderful initiative of The Australian Ballet School.”

David McAllister AM, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet School Scholarship Awards is an opportunity, open to promising young dancers aged 10-17, who aspire to train in the School’s elite, vocational training programme. Our aim is:

  1. to provide access to world class training and facilities at the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, through an opportunity to participate in masterclasses with staff of the School and perform before a panel of Australia’s highly respected dance professionals;

  2. to provide financial scholarships to attend various training opportunities at the School;
    • Supreme Prizes – 3 Full One Year Scholarships to train at the School in 2017
    • Runner-Up Prizes - 6 Two-Week Training Opportunities to train at the School in 2017
  1. to support and encourage young dancers to pursue their training at the school of Australia’s national company, The Australian Ballet;

Application Closing Date
The closing date for all applications is 2 May 2016.
(class sizes will be capped and may book out prior to the advertised closing date)

Competition Dates
The competition commences Friday 10 June 2016 and concludes 12 June 2016 with the selected finalists performing their variation.

The awards are open to dancers;

  • aged 10-17 on 2 May 2016
  • this includes existing ITP students of the School
  • this does not include Full Time and After School students of the School

Entrants will attend Masterclasses taught by Teaching Staff of The Australian Ballet School and present a Classical Variation with adjudication by staff of The Australian Ballet School and for the finals by The Australian Ballet. 

Special Events

A performance of a pas de deux from Stephen Baynes Swan Lake performed by Principal artists of The Australian Ballet.

A performance of Raymonda Grand Pas Classique, performed by senior students of The Australian Ballet School.

Applications and Information


For any further enquires please email

About The Australian Ballet School

As the school of The Australian Ballet, The Australian Ballet School is the national centre of excellence in classical dance training. The School was founded in 1964 as an essential adjunct to the Company – an integral component of Founding Artistic Director, Dame Peggy van Praagh’s vision for dance in Australia. The Australian Ballet School’s founding Director, Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE, shaped the School’s destiny for the first 26 years and since her retirement the School has seen only three other Directors, Gailene Stock AM CBE (1990-1998) and Marilyn Rowe OBE (1999-2014) and Lisa Pavane (2015-current).

The School and Company share the purpose-built facilities of The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre in Southbank and have always shared the same long term goal: a unique Australian Ballet with a distinctive style of its own. Nowhere, but in the school of a national company, can a unique company style be fostered and developed. No other school is better placed to channel the best talent into the national company.

The majority of dancers in The Australian Ballet are graduates of the School, including the current Artistic Director, David McAllister AM. Graduates can also be found as principals and soloists in major companies throughout the world. Such is the standard of excellence that within six months of graduating 90% of students gain contracts.