Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB)

Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB)

4/2 Bromham Place
Richmond, VIC 3121

03 9421 2000




Drawing on her professional experience, Walsh adapted the existing eight-year Vaganova method into a 12-year training and examination program to suit the needs of ballet students training in a part-time situation. Since its inception, the success of the ACB syllabus has led to teacher seminars, conventions, examination sessions, study tours, workshops and dance festivals being held in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Japan and the Philippines including students’ employment in classical and contemporary dance companies worldwide.

The ACB now has more than 300 teachers taking part in the program, some of whom use this program to enhance the existing method they are already teaching.


Christine Walsh AM (former principal dancer, Australian Ballet and Roland Petit Ballet de Marseilles) and Ricardo Ella (former principal dancer, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Phantom of the Opera and former Australian Ballet coryphee).


Dame Margaret Scott, AC, DBE


Classical ballet (Russian Vaganova based method).


Ten levels: Pre-Primary, Primary, Preparatory, Level 1, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Senior Level (two years’ study) and Excellence (two years’ study).


Examinees receive a written report with graded result (Pass, Pass Plus, Commended, Highly Commended and Distinction) and a certificate. Distinction students receive a medal and two weeks’ scholarship study in Melbourne ACB headquarters.


Teachers become provisionally qualified after completing ACB’s Teacher Training Seminar 1, which covers the ACB program up to Level 4. After submitting students for exams successfully, the teacher receives full teacher registration and is eligible for Seminar 2 (encompassing Level 5 and Senior Level) and following this, Seminar 3 (Excellence). Regular teaching seminars are held in Australia and private seminars are scheduled throughout the year in various countries.


International dance festivals and dance awards, teacher seminars, workshops, master classes and study tours are held in different countries participating in the ACB training program. Tuition fee scholarships of up to $8000 are awarded to students with great potential.


Annual full length ballet performances.
Holiday classes in January and July.
Coaching for international ballet competitions. Students may participate in audition tours of overseas dance schools and companies.


The ACB training and examination program aims to train ballet students towards the requirements of the professional dance industry, through the development of a strong, stable technique with beauty of line, artistic quality, expressiveness and a professional attitude. This program is designed for the dedicated ballet teacher who has an understanding of constructing classes – not solely teaching from a syllabus manual. It is desirable that the teacher has had performing experience in order to be able to impart artistic performing quality.

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