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) 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.

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)

LEVEL 7

(CUA60113) 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).

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

LEVEL 8

(10296NAT) 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 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)