The Australian Ballet's production department. Photo Teagan Glenane
Situated in Southbank, the heart of the arts precinct in Melbourne, The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre is a six-level commercial building of 24,000 square metres. It was built as the company's home at a cost of $22 million and opened in 1988.
The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre offers first-class studio, dressing room and medical facilities to dancers of The Australian Ballet and students of The Australian Ballet School.
The Australian Ballet and its associate organisation The Australian Ballet School occupy more than 5100m2 of the building.
On level five, both The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School dancers and students share eight first-class studios, spacious dressing rooms (with showers and laundry facilities), audio-visual rooms, a library, class rooms, common rooms, a medical clinic, a gym and a canteen. Modern offices and staff rooms are also provided for both the teachers and administration staff.
The wardrobe and workrooms of the production department are situated on level four. The office of The Australian Ballet Society, another associated organisation, is also situated on this level.
The facilities occupied by The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School on levels four and five are continually being upgraded to ensure the centre continues to be the appropriate home of Australia's national ballet company.
Guided tours are available in Melbourne. Each hour-long tour includes an orientation talk as well as a visit to the production and wardrobe departments and the studios of The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School. Tour groups are limited to 16 and bookings are essential.
Levels one to three of our building are operated as a public car park and managed by our staff. Patrons who attend performances of The Australian Ballet at the Victorian Arts Centre are well catered for with reasonable parking rates and personalised service. All surpluses from the car park are used to support the ongoing operations of The Australian Ballet. Read more