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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 (ABS) was established in 1964 as an affiliate of The Australian Ballet (TAB) but an independent organisation. It is the national centre of excellence in classical dance training in Australia and produces dancers for TAB and other national and international dance companies. More than 80% of the dancers in TAB are graduates of the ABS. The ABS, committed to world’s best practice in its student training programme, is critical in ensuring that Australia retains its ranking amongst the pre-eminent dance nations of the world.

80% of students that attend the ABS come from regional areas and cities throughout Australia and overseas following an entirely meritbased audition process. The provision of suitable student accommodation is essential to meet the duty of care needs of these talented and aspiring young people. However, unlike its international counterparts such as the Vaganova Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Bolshoi Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School (London), The Paris Opera Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (New York), the ABS does not have a student residence. With the support of Federal Government funding, in 2009 the ABS commissioned a detailed feasibility study from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to review the need for a student residence and the necessary capital and ongoing funding requirements. It recommended that the ABS establish a student residence for regional, interstate and international full-time students from Level 4 upwards.

Currently students, aged between 14 and 19 years, who are not a resident in Melbourne are faced with the option of homestay, living independently or having one or more family members relocate to Melbourne to care for the student, resulting in considerable financial and emotional stress. The Australian Ballet School is currently preparing to undertake a campaign to raise the funds necessary to establish a student residence and to ensure that the dreams of our nation’s elite classical dance students become a reality.

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