As part of their education our students have opportunities to perform on stage and this activity increases as students reach the upper levels of the School.
The Australian Ballet School presents two major productions each year. Showcase is offered in Melbourne and Sydney, and usually takes place in September. Our end of year production happens at Arts Centre Melbourne in December.
Students also perform a morning programme at various venues across Melbourne in May; usually Arts Centre Melbourne, Clocktower in Moonee Ponds and Frankston Arts Centre. Our Level 8 students may also have the opportunity to perform with The Dancers Company, on The Australian Ballet’s regional tour.
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 per annum. The Dancers Company comprises guest artists of The Australian Ballet and graduating Level 8 students who meet the artistic and technical standards required by The Australian Ballet. On occasion, Level 7 students may also be seconded to The Dancers Company. The Dancers Company operates under the auspices of the Regional Touring Associate of The Australian Ballet and the Level 8 Coordinator from The Australian Ballet School, and provides exceptional professional performing opportunities for talented dancers who are on the threshold of their careers. The Dancers Company brings the highest quality dance productions to audiences and regions outside the major capital cities of Australia. Over the past 32 years, the Dancers Company has given 588 performances in 59 locations including; Geraldton, Cairns, Mount Isa, Whyalla, Broken Hill, Mildura, Hobart, Darwin and Alice Springs.
Select senior students are offered exciting opportunities to participate in a number of international ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne, the Asian Pacific International Ballet Competitions held biennially in Tokyo, and the Beijing International Ballet Competition held biennially in Beijing.
The Australian Ballet School is recognised by the Prix de Lausanne as one of the international training institutions where finalists may take up their scholarship.
Over the past few years, Lisa Pavane has co-adjudicated the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship; an ongoing collaboration with the Sydney Eisteddfod. As part of this prestigious section, each year The Australian Ballet School, at its discretion, may offer scholarships to promising students, for entry into either the Full-Time or the Interstate Training Programme. Lisa talks here about her involvement with the Sydney Eisteddfod: https://sydneyeisteddfod.com.au/articles/inspired-teachings-by-lisa-pavane
The Australian Ballet School’s Psychologist/Counsellor is actively involved in the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), and the School's Kinetic Educator is the President of IADMS.
The Australian Ballet School offers exchange opportunities for selected students with Canada's National Ballet School.
Students are also able to participate in a number of other extracurricular events each year, such as the annual School Swimming Carnival, fundraising and other special events.