Full Time Training


The Australian Ballet School offers a well established and internationally recognised Full-Time Programme of vocational dance training. The full-time students enjoy the benefit of working in a focussed and professional environment where the specialised staff guide and assist them in a holistic and dedicated manner.

Students may begin the Full-Time Programme from the age of 13/14 years of age, or when they study year 8 or 9 at high school. Students usually complete the Full-Time Programme by the time they are 20 years of age. During this time, students work towards the achievement of their Victorian Certificate of Education, the Diploma of Dance,  the Advanced Diploma of Dance and the Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet. Further information on accredited course can be found here.

"specialised staff guide and assist students
in a holistic and dedicated manner"

Students involved in the Full-Time Programme begin their day at 8.30am Monday – Saturday and the day concludes in the late afternoon on weekdays and by midday on Saturdays. There is one male and one female class per level. Full-time Training incorporates both academic / theoretical and dance studies. Further information about the academic components can be found here.

LEVEL 4

Level 4 is currently the first year of full-time training. It is offered alongside academic year 8 or 9 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS). Students in Level 4 are expected to achieve well in their academic studies as well as consolidate and expand their technical and artistic dance skills.

LEVEL 4 CURRICULUM

Classical Ballet
Pointe Studies (female students)
Foundation for Gymnasium Training (male)
Contemporary Dance
Character Dance
Performance Studies
Body Conditioning
Injury Prevention
Anatomy
Performance Psychology
Nutrition
Introduction to Dance History
Introduction to Music
VCASS Academic Programme

LEVEL 5 & 6

(CUA50113, CRICOS 089445B) DIPLOMA OF DANCE ELITE PERFORMANCE

Levels 5 & 6 comprise the Diploma of Dance. This is a national qualification studied in conjunction with year 10 and year 11 academic studies including allied subjects such as Music, Performance Psychology, Nutrition and Cultural Studies.

The Diploma of Dance – Elite Performance is designed to provide participants with the technical skills, artistry, theoretical knowledge and appropriate attitudes that will lead towards the establishment of a career in the entertainment industry as a dancer or performer in a range of fields, including ballet, musical theatre, contemporary dance, television, advertising, acting, physical theatre or circus arts. Graduates of the Diploma of Dance – Elite Performance would also have a good basis for undertaking further training as dance teachers. As the national training institution for the dance profession, The Australian Ballet School has a close liaison with the industry through the major performing companies around Australia and internationally. Graduates continue to be employed by these companies and the course is continually responsive to the needs of the industry.

Duration
The course generally occupies two years’ full-time study.

Study Outline
The units of competency within the courses require the application of a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques in dance theory and practice. Individual participants are responsible for their own achievement as artists and also play significant team roles in achieving the required outcomes.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry into The Australian Ballet School is by audition only. All applicants for the Diploma of Dance – Elite Performance are expected to have completed a minimum education standard of Year 9 secondary schooling or equivalent. Students are selected on the basis of their suitability for vocational classical ballet training. This includes possessing the physical characteristics of a professional classical ballet dancer and the facility for dance (including coordination, musicality, artistry and appropriate temperament) that is required for intensive dance training in the field of classical ballet. Successful applicants will have demonstrated these characteristics and a level of dance ability that is considered appropriate by the Director for entry into The Australian Ballet School’s training programme.

Due to the nature of the dance industry and the employment opportunities available, as well as the intense physical nature of dance training, vocational training must be undertaken during a certain age range.  Consequently an applicant’s age will be taken into consideration. Generally, successful applicants will be between 15 and 17 years of age.

The pathway through this course is via full-time face-to-face study.

LEVEL 5 CURRICULUM

Classical Ballet
Pointe Studies (female students)
Gymnasium Training (male students)
Pas De Deux
Repertoire
Contemporary Dance
Character Dance
Body Conditioning
Anatomy
Cultural Studies
Music
Theatrical Make-up
Performance Psychology
Nutrition
Dance Perspectives
Drama
VCASS Academic Programme

LEVEL 6 CURRICULUM

Classical Ballet
Pointe Studies (female students)
Pas de Deux
Variations
Repertoire
Contemporary Dance
Character Dance
Mime
Gymnasium Training (male students)
Limber/Body Conditioning
Cultural Studies
Theatrical Make-up
Performance Psychology & VCE Psychology
Nutrition
Anatomy
VCE Music
VCE Drama
VCE Dance
VCE English
Jazz (extra curricular class)

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

The following units are available through http://training.gov.au 

CUADAN501 Refine ballet technique
CUADAN502 Refine ballet performance skills 
CUADAN505 Refine contemporary dance technique
CUADAN507 Refine dance partnering technique
CUAPRF501 Refine performance techniques
CUAPRF503 Prepare for performances in a competitive environment
CUAWHS403 Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development 
CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance 
CUVPRP502 Develop own sustainable professional practice

Elective units

CUACHR501 Create and perform complex dance pieces 
CUADAN503 Perform repertoire for corps de ballet 
CUADAN504 Perform ballet solo variations
CUADAN506 Refine cultural dance technique
CUADAN508 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques
CUAMUP501 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
CUADLT402 Explore the relationship between music and dance 
CUACHR403 Develop choreography skills

Electives - Gender Specific

CUADAN509 Refine pointe work techniques (F) 
CUAWHS402 Participate in gym and weight training for performances (M)

LEVEL 7

(CUA60113, CRICOS 089444C) ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF DANCE ELITE PERFORMANCE

Students in Level 7 enrol in the Advanced Diploma of Dance, a national qualification combining comprehensive dance training with a strong onsite academic programme. The  course focus is on technical training and artistic development, preparing students for the dance profession. Students  also complete their secondary schooling, gaining the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

The Australian Ballet School Advanced Diploma of Dance was originally accredited in 1994 and is based on the training program developed by the School since its inception in 1964. The Advanced Diploma of Dance - Elite Performance is designed to provide participants with the technical skills, artistry, theoretical knowledge and appropriate attitudes that will lead towards the establishment of a career as a classical ballet dancer. As the national training institution for the dance profession, The Australian Ballet School has a close liaison with the industry through the major performing companies around Australia and internationally. Graduates continue to be employed by these companies and the course is continually responsive to the needs of the industry.

Dance training to vocational level requires intensive physical training.  Delivery is in full-time face-to-face mode only. A range of support mechanisms are available through The Australian Ballet School to maximise the opportunities for participants to complete their course successfully.

Duration
The course generally occupies one year full-time study.

Study Outline
The units of competency within the courses require the application of a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques in dance theory and practice.  Individual participants are responsible for their own achievement as artists and also play significant team roles in achieving the required outcomes.
 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry into The Australian Ballet School is by audition only. Entry to the Advanced Diploma of Dance - Elite Performance is generally through completion of the Diploma of Dance - Elite Performance, plus demonstration of the facility for dance (including coordination, musicality, artistry and appropriate temperament) that is required for professional performance in the field of classical ballet. However, the successful awarding of the Diploma of Dance - Elite Performance does not guarantee rite of passage into the Advanced Diploma of Dance - Elite Performance and generally successful applicants will have demonstrated these characteristics and a level of dance ability that is considered appropriate by the Director for entry into Level 7 of The Australian Ballet School’s eight-level training programme.

Due to the nature of the dance industry and the employment opportunities available, as well as the intense physical nature of dance training, vocational training must be undertaken during a certain age range.  Consequently an applicant’s age will be taken into consideration. Generally, successful applicants will be between 17 and 19 years of age.

The pathway through this course is via full-time face-to-face study.  Normal recognition of prior learning arrangements apply as per the Standards for Registered Training Organisations.

LEVEL 7 CURRICULUM

Classical Ballet
Pointe Studies (female students)
Pas de Deux
Variations
Repertoire
Contemporary Dance
Spanish Dance
Mime
Gymnasium Training (male students)
Limber/Body Conditioning
Cultural Studies
Theatrical Make-up
Performance Psychology & VCE Psychology
Nutrition
VCE Music
VCE Drama
VCE Dance
VCE English
Jazz (extra curricular class)

*Level 6 & 7 students may apply for
credit for completed VCE subjects

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

The following units are available through http://training.gov.au 

CUADAN601 Perform dance repertoire at a professional level
CUADAN603 Extend ballet technique to a professional level
CUADAN604 Extend ballet performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN607 Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level
CUADAN608 Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level
CUAWHS602 Develop techniques for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment
CUVPRP502 Develop own sustainable professional practice

Elective units

CUADAN602 Perform advanced classical ballet technique
CUADAN605 Perform pas de deux at a professional level
CUADAN610 Extend allied contemporary dance techniques at a professional level
CUADAN508 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance technique
CUADAN611 Perform virtuoso contemporary dance technique
CUADAN609 Extend cultural dance performance skills to a professional level
CUAIND601 Work professionally in the creative arts industry
CUAMUP501 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles 
CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
CUAPRF503 Refine performance techniques

Gender Specific Electives

CUADAN606 Extend pointe work techniques to a professional level (F)
CUAWHS601 Apply advanced gym and weight training to ballet (M)

LEVEL 8

(10296NAT, CRICOS 94275F) GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CLASSICAL BALLET

Level 8 students enrol in the accredited Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet. This qualification  prepares students for the dance profession at a virtuoso level by refining their dance technique and developing their professional skills through career development activities and performances, including a secondment with The Australian Ballet’s Dancers Company.

The Graduate Diploma in Classical Ballet is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge, skills, generic and specific competencies to perform the following job role - virtuoso classical ballet dancer; an individual who possesses outstanding technical and artistic ability in the art of classical ballet. As the national training institution for the dance profession, The Australian Ballet School has a close liaison with the industry through the major performing companies around Australia and internationally. Graduates continue to be employed by these companies and the development of this course is responsive to needs expressed by the industry.

Dance training to vocational level requires intensive physical training. Delivery must be in full-time mode only. Therefore, part-time or distance delivery modes are not appropriate. Delivery must ensure access to opportunities for live performance. A range of support mechanisms is available through The Australian Ballet School to maximise the opportunities for participants to complete their course successfully.

The employment rate for graduates demonstrates the high quality and relevance of the vocational training offered by the School. 75% of the dancers employed by The Australian Ballet are graduates of the School. Graduates have gained employment in some 75 major ballet and dance companies throughout the world, some sight unseen, through the reputation of the training offered by The Australian Ballet School.

Duration
The course generally occupies one year full-time study.

Study Outline
The units of competency within the course require the application of a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques in dance theory and practice.  Individual participants are responsible for their own achievement as artists and also play significant team roles in achieving the required outcomes.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry into this course is by selective audition and/or assessment. All applicants for the Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet are expected to have completed a minimum education standard of Year 11 secondary schooling or equivalent. Generally, students from non-English speaking backgrounds who are selected into The Australian Ballet School are required to have a basic comprehension of the English language. Overseas students from Assessment Level 4 countries will be required to provide evidence of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score of at least 5.5 prior to enrolment and then, if necessary, be tutored in conversational English on arrival in Australia.

Students are selected on the basis of their suitability for virtuoso classical ballet training; an individual who possesses outstanding technical and artistic ability in the art of classical ballet. This includes possessing the physical characteristics of a professional classical ballet dancer and an exceptional physical aptitude for dance (including coordination, musicality, artistry and appropriate temperament), that is required for intensive dance training and virtuoso performance in the field of classical ballet. The successful awarding of The Australian Ballet School’s Advanced Diploma of Dance does not guarantee rite of passage into the Graduate Diploma and generally successful applicants will have demonstrated these characteristics and a level of dance ability that is considered appropriate by the Director for entry into Level 8 of The Australian Ballet School’s eight-level training programme.

Due to the nature of the dance industry and the employment opportunities available, as well as the intense physical nature of dance training, vocational training must be undertaken during a certain age range. Consequently an applicant’s age will be taken into consideration.

The pathway through this course is via full-time study. 
 

THE DANCERS COMPANY, REGIONAL TOURING COMPANY

The Dancers Company is an integral part of The Australian Ballet, that takes the highest quality productions to regional areas around Australia for approximately six weeks every year. The Company comprises students in Level 8 who meet the artistic and technical standards required by The Australian Ballet. It provides exceptional professional opportunities for talented dancers who are on the threshold of their careers.

LEVEL 8 CURRICULUM

Classical Ballet
Pointe Studies (female students)
Pas de Deux
Variations
Contemporary Dance
Production Studies
Performance Psychology
Career Management
Gymnasium Training (male students)
Body Conditioning
Jazz (extra curricular class)

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

The following units are accredited and copyright owned by The Australian Ballet School. 

Demonstrate virtuoso classical ballet technique 
Demonstrate and perform virtuoso solo variations 
Perform virtuoso pas de deux 
Perform virtuoso repertoire 
Demonstrate virtuoso contemporary dance technique 
Demonstrate virtuoso pointe work techniques (females)
Apply extended gym/weight techniques to virtuoso ballet training (males)
Apply psychological techniques to virtuoso performance 
Apply nutrition principles to the requirements of a professional dancer
Work professionally in the creative arts industry
Maintain a high level of fintness for performance

 

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) 

NATIONAL VET REGULATOR (NVR) REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATION (RTO) 

As a NVR RTO, The Australian Ballet School is formally approved to deliver, assess and issue qualifications for nationally recognised training. Registration requires an organisation to operate in accordance with nationally agreed standards. Registration of NVR RTOs is regulated through the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Registration standards are endorsed by the Ministerial Council of the Department of Education and Training. Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to education and training that focuses on delivering skills and knowledge required for specific industries. Training in the dance industry is focused on assisting aspiring performers to develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to meet the profession’s high standards. The Australian Ballet School’s curriculum sets the requirements, against which training and assessment take place. Students must demonstrate that they are able to achieve the technical and creative mastery as outlined in the curriculum.

As a NVR RTO (provider code3132 and CRICOS code 00253A), The Australian Ballet School offers nationally recognised courses from Level 5. The Diploma of Dance - Elite Performance (CUA50113, CRICOS 089445B) that students study in Levels 5 and 6 is a two year course. In Level 7 students study for the Advanced Diploma of Dance - Elite Performance (CUA60113, CRICOS 089444C), developing skills for transition into the dance industry through performance and career management. The Graduate Year students study for the Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet (10296NAT, CRICOS 076750M) where the focus is on preparing students at virtuoso level for the transition into the dance profession. Students refine and analyse their dance training with greater emphasis on professional performance and career management.