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Intra/Interstate & International Training Program

Intra/Interstate & International Training Program (ITP)

The Intra/Interstate & International Training Program is a sector of The Australian Ballet School providing training opportunities to Victorian, interstate and international students at Levels 1-3.

The ITP is of great benefit to augment a student's dance training as they work in a class of only high-aptitude peers, with teachers of high renown. Aside from the training and social experiences gained, involvement in the ITP introduces students to the School’s culture and its unique Training Program. The ITP serves as the most advantageous preparation for possible study in The Australian Ballet School’s Full-Time Program, which commences at Level 4.

The ITP has been in operation since 2000 and, since that time, there have been a significant number of ITP students who have joined the Full-Time Program and subsequently gained contracts with The Australian Ballet and other ballet companies in Australia and around the world.

Please note, Levels 1-3 are not accredited courses.
  • Eligibility

    Entry into the ITP Program is via audition.

    Auditionees must be aged 9-13 years as at 30 June in their auditioning year)

    In some cases, ITP placements may be offered by the School to gifted international dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix. Senior artistic staff travel to Japan and New York each year to judge the Youth America Grand Prix where ITP placements will be offered.

  • Structure

    If a student auditions successfully, they are welcomed into The Australian Ballet School family. All ITP students continue to attend ballet training with their regular dance teachers, studying their syllabus of choice. In addition to these local ballet arrangements, they are encouraged to access The Australian Ballet School's training through the following training opportunities:

    1. Personal Visits / Participation in the Melbourne-based Program
    ITP students may attend the Melbourne-based program, conducted in Melbourne, during Victorian school terms for as little or as long as personal circumstances allow. For example, some students may attend for 3 consecutive days; others may visit once per month or for 2 weeks consecutively. Classes are usually held after academic hours, for 2 - 3 hours.

    The ITP weekly aspect of the School’s ITP provides an avenue for discounted Personal Visits, particularly to those within Victoria who wish to make regular Personal Visits to the School. Registered students attend classes on the same day each week of a given term.

    2. Specialised Coaching Classes
    Specialised coaching specifically and exclusively for ITP students is conducted in most Australian capital cities once a year.

    3. Intensive Training Sessions
    Held at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne during Victorian school holiday breaks, Intensive Training Sessions are designed especially to benefit the training progress of ITP students. These sessions run for four days, approximately six hours each day, on an annual basis.

    The amount of participation in the ITP varies for each student, largely depending on individual family circumstances. There is no maximum limit to how often a student may access the program; however, to be considered for enrolment in each subsequent year (subject to the discretion of the Director), ITP students must participate in at least one training opportunity each year.

  • Financial Overview

    Apart from the initial audition fee, there is no base fee for inclusion in the ITP. Families only pay for the training opportunities accessed. Other costs involved are the ITP uniform, accommodation and travel to and from Melbourne (when applicable).

    ITP Fee Schedule 2023

    Specialised Coaching Class: $110

    Intensive Training Session Levels 1 & 2 Female: $585

    Intensive Training Session Level 3 & Invitee Female: $635

    Intensive Training Session Levels 1 - 3 & Invitee Male: $635

    Personal Visits Levels 1 - 3: $90 per weekday; $70 Saturdays

    Personal Visits Invitee: $95 per weekday; $75 Saturdays

  • Pathways

    Students can be involved in the ITP from 9 to approximately 13/14 years of age, and ITP enrolment concludes after Level 3. When a student is in grade 7 or 8 academically, their work is reviewed for the possibility of a place in the Full-Time Program for the following year. Students who are no longer an ITP are always welcome to audition for the Full-Time Program in future.

    After ITP Level 3, select students may be invited to participate in the Invitee program. This decision is at the discretion of the Director and provides continued access to the School’s training program for selected students aged 14/15 years.

Learn How to Audition

Entry into the Training Program requires audition. Learn about our audition modes.

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