Saranja Crowe

Dear Friends of The Australian Ballet School. I am pleased to present you
with our final newsletter for what has been an exciting and extremely busy year.

There is no doubt that 2016 will be remembered as a landmark year in the School’s history, with the opening of Marilyn Rowe House and our super sensational inaugural Showcase performance at the Sydney Opera House topping and tailing the year.

As we close the year, my thanks to the Chair and Directors of the Board for
their governance and support, the entire Administration team, Development
and Marketing, the Artistic Teachers and Musicians, the Teacher Training
department, the Health Team, Production, Wardrobe and Boarding…
it is a truly extraordinary team effort and I feel so privileged and honoured to
be able to work with so many inspirational and passionate individuals.

And to the students, I wish to acknowledge the beautiful performances they have given this year – they have been truly breathtaking – with precision, clarity of technique
and the most beautiful, vibrant energy, artistic expression and passion. Thank you.

There are so many things to say and so many people to thank
that we can only fit a sample of recent events into the newsletter.

From all of us at the School, may I wish you all a joyous Christmas,
a Happy New Year and a restful and recuperative holiday break.

Lisa Pavane, Director of The Australian Ballet School



The School's first ever performance at the Sydney Opera House was a great success in so many ways. The huge logistical challenge was conquered due to the outstanding efforts of students, staff and supporters who worked hard to create this historic event and make our mark on Sydney. Click the icon below to read a review of the show.

"a high level of technique and skill...
communicated the expressive potential
and vibrancy of dance."

- Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia

Website Dance Australia Review
Website Dance Informa Review



The School's performance of The Snow Queen was enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences and this fairytale ballet choreographed by Petal Miller-Ashmole (pictured) continues to be a favourite with children and adults alike.

"The dancers at The Australian Ballet School are consistently fabulous and utterly superb! ... blew Melbourne audiences away"
- Darcie Virtue, Dancetrain

Website Dancetrain Review
Website Man in Chair Review




The School recently held its Graduation and Awards ceremony and
we wish to congratulate all our students for their achievements in 2016.
Following is a list of those who earned qualifications. For a full
list of graduations and awards please click on the link below

Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction
Awarded following the successful completion of all units of competency
and is generally completed part-time over a period of 2 to 3 years.
Graduating this year: Kirsty Martin

Diploma of Dance Elite Performance
Awarded following the successful completion of all units of competency delivered across Level 5 and 6.

Advanced Diploma of Dance Elite Performance
Awarded following the successful completion of units of competency studied in Level 7 together with additional subjects completed during Level 6.

Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet
The Class of 2016…

Dayna Booth
Ella Chambers
Emily Da
Jasmin Forner
Riley Lapham
Annaliese Macdonald
Sydney Merrilees
Abbey Murphy
Eliza O'Keeffe
Natalie Panayi
Tizana Saunders
Hayley Thompson
Estelle Thomson
Jacob de Groot
Thomas McClintock
Alexander Mitchell
Slade Waterson
Sara Andrlon
Maggie de Koning
Serena Graham
Emma Koppelman
Indigo Robb
Lilyana Scott
Eilis Small
Pol Andres Thio
Matthew Bradwell
Daniel Bryne
Noah Dunlop
Shunyo Mori
Dominic Possingham
Joseph Romancewicz
Satoru Agetsuma
Jackson Fisch
Elise Foster
Olivia Hoffman
Daniel Idaszak
Saki Isonaga
Kihiro Kusukami
Anastasia McDonald-Spicer
Alexandra Moore
Xavier Pellin
Asja Petrovski
Tyson Powell
Peter Vassili
Yichuan Wang
Tene Ward
Yuumi Yamada

Dux 2016
Yuumi Yamada 



Scholarship Awards  


Level 7 students represented the School in China this year, performing Leigh Rowles' Ascension as part of the Beijing Dance Performance Series hosted by Beijing Dance Academy. Students performing were Serena Graham, Matthew Bradwell, Noah Dunlop, Joseph Romancewicz and Dominic Possingham.





2016 has been ambitious and exhilarating for The Australian Ballet School and is a testament to the tremendous support we receive from our friends, Patrons, Corporate Partners, The Australian Ballet and the Australian Government.

Thank you for playing your part in where ballet begins. It has been through the generosity of our donors, with gifts large and small, that helped us achieve some of our great moments in 2016

2017 is going to be another successful year of training excellence and innovation at The Australian Ballet School, complemented by engaging community programmes and performances which will thrill and delight audiences in Melbourne and Sydney.
We continue to be able achieve our big dreams with the help of all our friends -
the very biggest thank you possible from The Australian Ballet School
and the Development team.

Our very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year, we look
forward to letting you know our 2017 plans early in the New Year.




Life in Marilyn Rowe House has continued at blistering speed in the final term
of this year. With students involved in both the Sydney Showcase and
The Snow Queen, everyone has been concentrating on delivering
a great show and finishing the year on a high.

From a House perspective, our final event of the year was the inaugural end of year dinner, where all boarders enjoyed a meal at a local restaurant and those that wanted to participate got involved in a student-led Secret Santa. Coming on the back of Sydney Showcase there were a lot of tired faces but everyone got into the spirit of the evening and all seemed to have a great time.

As inevitably happens at the end of a training year, we have to begin to say goodbye
to the students. For all of our boarders who are moving on Chookas for your future. Whatever it may bring, remember you are always welcome in this House.


Scholarship Awards  


In October The Australian Ballet School turned PINK, hosting a Pink Ribbon Mufti Day with our students to raise vital funds to beat breast and gynaecological cancers. This was one of many fundraising activities and we thank School Captains, Students and the School Community for supporting worthwhile charities and raising a total of $1402. Funds were raised this year for the following charities:

  Breast Cancer Council (Pink Ribbon Day)
  Mackillop Family Services (Belle’s Day)
  Berry Street Children Care (Mufti Days)
  Legacy Victoria (Anzac Day 2016)
  Shake it up Foundation (Mufti Day)





"Dale, your contribution to the School over the past 20 years has been extraordinary; as a teacher, ballet master, repetiteur, role model, mentor, colleague and friend, you have provided so many with so much.

The legacy you leave is enormous. It is not only through your years of teaching, it extends further back through your career and the contribution you made to dance here in Australia and abroad. 

We will greatly miss your honesty, wonderful sense of humour, boisterous laugh, reliability, incredible knowledge and more importantly, the ability to impart it.

Dale we wish you all the very best for your retirement and wish you and Annie the most wonderful joyous years ahead. With much love and admiration."

- Lisa Pavane



"To Janet, on behalf of students and staff, I wish to thank you and acknowledge
your incredible contribution of service to the school over the past 15 years.

You have served and supported not only to our immediate School community, but
also the broader world of dance science medicine. We wish you all the very best for your continued research and we are so pleased that you are excited at the prospect
of spending more time and effort the projects you have coming up.

You will be greatly missed by students and staff."

- Lisa Pavane



We would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a happy and safe holiday.
We hope you rest and recharge before the year turns over and brings with it the excitement and challenges of 2017. With love from all at The Australian Ballet School.




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