The National Ballet School
Corner Carlisle and Barkly Streets
03 9534 0224
-CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
-CUA60113 Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
-CUA40120 Certificate IV in Dance
Cultivating the stars of the future, The National Ballet School (formerly National Theatre Ballet School) is one of Australia's preeminent dance training institutions devoted to providing exceptional dance training to students of all ages. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Damian Smith, a renowned former Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, The National Ballet School offers a suite of pre-professional full-time accredited courses (Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Dance) that provide a professional pathway to elite performance.
As the birthplace of dance training in Australia, The National Ballet School (est 1939) has trained more than 16,000 young artists and boasts an esteemed alumni and faculty such as Marilyn Jones, Amber Scott, and Jarryd Madden to name a few. Our commitment to cultivating creativity and excellence manifests through small intimate classes, individual development pathways tailored for your specific skills, experiences and goal, and multiple entry and exit points to suit your study, work and lifestyle needs.
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
Classical, Pointe, Pas De Deux, Male Coaching, Contemporary Character, Classical Repertoire,
Pilates, Drama, Choreography, Anatomy, Nutrition, Career Preparation.
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.
30 to 35 hours over a 5/6-day week
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 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.
Artistic Director, Mr. Damian Smith - former Principal Artist of the San Francisco Ballet Company,
Associate Artistic Director, Ms Jane Inglis-Keen- former Ballerina with The Australian Ballet.
Transitional Pathways Coordinator, Ms Ezlimar Dortolina - former Ballerina with Oklahoma City
Ballet, Jackie Rae Lythgo, Head of Musical Theatre, Ms.Yuiko Masukawa (classical ballet) former
Ballerina Melbourne City Ballet, Ms Alida Segal (Character) - former dancer with Moiseyev School
of National and Character Dance Moscow.
Auditions for 2024 full time accredited, pre-professional dance training
Adelaide 9 Sep
Melbourne 8 Oct
Hobart 24 Oct
To register interest for auditions please visit https://nationaltheatre.org.au/ballet-school/pre-professional/
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)
Scholarship 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.