Students of The Australian Ballet School performing with The Dancers Company in Don Quixote. Photo Alistair Bett.
The Australian Ballet School trains some of the finest young dancers and has an excellent reputation worldwide. The School works closely with The Australian Ballet, sharing the studios and offices of The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre in Melbourne.
Entry to The Australian Ballet School is by audition only, and because it is the national school, examiners travel all over Australia to see talented dancers for their possible entry into the training program.
The School has a very busy year of activities. As well as normal dance classes, the students rehearse for end-of-year performances. Some also train for dance or choreographic competitions, which take up plenty of extra hours. There is no way that their formal education is forgotten either. All full-time students at the School must take academic classes up to year 12.
Professional performances are held every year, the most important of these for the level 8 senior students being The Dancers Company tour to some of Australia’s largest regional centres. An important part of the final year at the School is gaining public performance experience. At the end of each year all members of the School dance in the graduation season in Melbourne.
Graduating students find employment in The Australian Ballet and other companies in Australia and overseas. During the last few months of their time at the School, many artistic directors make the trip to Melbourne to see them in class and rehearsal. Within six months of graduating, over 90% of students have found full-time work in the dance profession.
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