National Theatre Ballet School

National Theatre Ballet School

Corner Carlisle and Barkly Streets
VIC 3182

03 9534 0224



National Theatre Ballet School
National Theatre Ballet School
Swan Lake Act 11 on home stage at The National Theatre, Dancer- Jemima Scott


-CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
-CUA60113 Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
-CUA40120 Certificate IV in Dance
-Non-accredited: Emerging Artist Program, a bridging year dedicated to refining technical and artistic skills in performance.

One of Australia's preeminent training institutions, the National Theatre Ballet School is distinguished as the fore-runner and longest-running of the country's dance schools. We are devoted to providing exceptional tuition to all students and nurturing you through this next stage of your artistic development. The school is proudly led by Artistic Director Damian Smith, an inspirational dancer with more than 25 years' international experience with companies including Boston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Ballet Du Nord and New York City Ballet. He joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1996, performing as Principal Dancer from 2001 until he joined the National Theatre Ballet School in 2018. The National Theatre Ballet School is famous for our professional training with a reputation for excellence that is proven year after year by ever-growing alumni of dancers pursuing successful careers in dance.

We understand that a career in dance is physically rigorous and highly competitive. We also understand what it feels like to be passionate about the performing arts; our professionally trained and encouraging teachers are here to develop your skills, your confidence and your resilience. We shall provide the necessary training and support to help you fulfil your potential.

Located in Melbourne's iconic National Theatre under the same roof as the Drama school, the Ballet school enables students to train in our beautiful heritage listed building and perform in the 800-seat theatre supported by our professional production and technical teams. And with the stunning St Kilda Beach just 5 minutes' walk away, you will be able to unwind and relax after an invigorating day in the rehearsal room.

We believe that everyone should have the chance to enhance their artistic skills and to follow your dreams in a supportive and nurturing environment. We look forward to helping you realise your ambitions.

"I learnt to fly at the National. The National Theatre Ballet School taught me how to perform, how to be an artist and a dancer. How to transcend the everyday, into the mysterious world of the stage. Without it I would never have known the joys which have become my life as a professional dancer." Amber Scott, Principal Dancer, The Australian Ballet.

Main subjects:

Classical, Pointe, Pas De Deux, Male Coaching, Contemporary Character, Classical Repertoire, Pilates, Drama, Choreography, Anatomy, Nutrition, Career Preparation.

Practical dance classes per week:

Onstage Classical Ballet classes and rehearsals, Choreography and Contemporary workshops, 4 performances per year, Photoshoots, Repertoire, Community engagements, Public events, Private coaching, Film preparation, National and International Competition preparation.

Contact hours per day:

30 to 35 hours over a 5/6-day week

Pre-Requisites/ entry requirements:

Entry Requirements: Age 15 or over, or the completion of Year 10 or International equivalent. Acceptance is by audition only. Students without formal qualifications will need to provide The National Theatre Ballet School with evidence of an LLN test in order to access VET Student Loan funding. Applicants must be at an Advanced Level from a Recognised Classical Ballet Syllabus.

Main teachers:

Artistic Director, Mr. Damian Smith - former Principal Artist of the San Francisco Ballet Company, Associate Artistic Director, Ms Susan Sargison - former Ballerina of The Australian Ballet Company, Ms Ezlimar Dortolina - former Ballerina with Oklahoma City Ballet, Ms Jennifer Fleenor - former Contemporary Dancer CoisCeim Dance Theatre, Ms Jane Inglis-Keen- former Ballerina with The Australian Ballet, Ms.Yuiko Masukawa former Ballerina Melbourne City Ballet, Ms Alida Segal (Character) - former dancer with Moiseyev School of National and Character Dance Moscow. Guest Teachers from The Australian Ballet and visiting Alumni Artists.

Audition date:

The National Theatre Ballet School has two scheduled rounds of auditions in Melbourne per year and invites auditions by appointment if you are unable to attend.
Dates: First Round: Saturday 28th August. Second Round: Saturday 28th October.
Plus, Artistic Director will conduct an Auditions Tour to New Zealand, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart from 30 September - 11 October 2021; see website for individual city dates.
Video submission via You-tube or Vimeo for 2021 COVID-19 distancing conditions are in place. There will be no disadvantage for video submission.

Audition requirements:

Students need to supply documentation with Age, Academic Levels and level of Classical Ballet training or other genres of dance. Video submissions are acceptable. Successful candidates will need to supply a full Medical history.


$12,670 per year + a $200 Enrolment Deposit in the first year
Certificate IV $11,125 (12 months).

Scholarships or subsidies:

The Arrellah Indigenous Scholarship, The Gertrude Johnson Scholarship, The Jean Stewart Scholarship, The Miss Eileen Tasker Scholarship

Possible career options: 

Professional career in the dance industry.

A Student’s Perspective:

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