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The Australian Ballet School

Yrs 10 - 13 | Boarding and Day


2 Kavanagh Street,


Telephone: 03 9669 2807

Director: Ms Lisa Pavane

General Manager: Ms Sandra Ball 

Head of Boarding Contact Information

Name: Ms Benita Bowles
Telephone: 03 9669 2807

Number in School: 145
Number of Boarders: 0

The Australian Ballet School is the national centre for elite vocational classical dance training. 

Established in 1964, the School was envisioned by The Australian Ballet’s founding Artistic Director, Dame Peggy van Praagh. The School's ongoing commitment to dance and education excellence has been achieved through visionary leadership, provided by the late Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE, the late Gailene Stock AM, Marilyn Rowe OBE and, since 2015, Lisa Pavane. 

Over 56 years, The Australian Ballet School has transformed hundreds of aspiring dancers and produced professional artists of the highest calibre. 

The School has a long relationship with The Australian Ballet, but has always been independent with its own legal status, staff, finances and Board. The School's annual income comes from federal government (33%), tuition fees (33%), and philanthropy, corporate support and box office (33%). 

Our students come from across Australia and neighbouring countries; young artists and athletes in training with exceptional talent and a commitment to dance. Entry to our full-time and after-school programmes is by audition. Currently, more than 100 students train at The Australian Ballet School full-time. 

The Australian Ballet School’s Boarding Programme allows students from outside Melbourne to live in a safe and nurturing environment with their peers while they train full-time.

The Australian Ballet School also delivers community classes, early learning programmes, school holiday intensives for all abilities, and masterclasses nationally for hundreds of children each year. 

The Australian Ballet School presents two performance seasons annually at Arts Centre Melbourne, and one in Sydney. Our senior students perform in The Australian Ballet’s annual Regional Tour.

We are a Registered Training Organisation offering accredited courses. Our eight-level accredited programme combines studio dance training and academic classroom studies, led by expert teachers and supported by health and wellbeing professionals. 

Our graduates include the Artistic Director and most of the Principal Artists of The Australian Ballet, world famous choreographers such as Graeme Murphy AM, and dancers who have succeeded in the very best international companies such as Hannah O'Neill of Paris Opera Ballet.

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