Intra/Interstate & International Training Programme (ITP)


The Intra/Interstate & International Training Programme is a sector of The Australian Ballet School providing training opportunities at Levels 1-3* (approximately 9-13 years).

The School offers international, interstate and Victorian students the opportunity to train as an ITP.

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The ITP is of great benefit to students 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 programme. The ITP serves as the most advantageous preparation for possible study in The Australian Ballet School’s Full-Time Programme, which commences at the age of approximately 13/14 (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 Programme 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.

Who is part of the Intra/Interstate & International Training Programme?

There are approximately 400 students across Australia and overseas involved in the ITP. Students aged 8-13 (age taken as at 30 June of auditioning year) are selected mainly via audition. Further information about how to audition can be found here

The School builds relationships internationally and, each year, senior artistic staff travel to Japan and New York to judge the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. As a result of this, gifted students may be invited to be part of the ITP. Some further information can be found at the bottom of this page.

How does the ITP operate?

If a student successfully auditions and accepts their letter of offer, they are welcomed into the greater 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 Programme
ITP students may attend the Melbourne-based programme, 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. Payment must be received in full prior to the first class of the term, with any makeup classes to occur within the same term (no transfer possible between terms).

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 programme; 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.

How much does participation in the ITP cost?

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 for 2020 Australia & New Zealand
Specialised Coaching Class: $81
Intensive Training Session Levels 1 & 2 Female: $500
Intensive Training Session Level 3 & Invitee Female: $550
Intensive Training Session Levels 1 - 3 & Invitee Male: $550

Personal Visits: $80 per weekday, $60 per Saturday (usually approx. 2 hours in the afternoons/evenings)
ITP Weekly Fee: $60 per weekday, $50 per Saturday. Payment required prior to term commencing. Amount payable each term is dependent on the number of relevant days available for Personal Visits, e.g. if 8 Mondays are available for Personal Visits in Term 1, ITP Weekly Term 1 payment will be $480; if 6 Saturdays are available, Term 1 payment will be $300.

What happens after involvement in the ITP?

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 year 7 or 8 academically, their work is reviewed for the possibility of a place in the Full-Time Programme for the following year. Students who are no longer an ITP are always welcome to audition for the Full-Time Programme in future.

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