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Welcome from The Director

I joined The Australian Ballet School in 1978 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. Student Health and well-being continues to be an important part of the School and with the School’s values of ‘nurturing, creativity, artistic expression and passion’ at the fore of our actions, we strive to provide an environment that supports students aspirations, when they move to Melbourne to follow their dream.

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


Vision Statement

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

Beliefs and Values

Informed by meaningful history and motivated by the exciting possibilities of the future of dance in Australia and abroad, the School is committed to achieving exceptional student outcomes in a unique, nurturing culture that embraces creativity, artistic expression and passion.


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
  • 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.