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Melbourne Dance Classes

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, our diverse and professional teaching faculty deliver Melbourne dance classes based on RAD syllabus and the Vaganova method.

Our Melbourne dance classes provide training for the RAD syllabus, contemporary, jazz, tap, character and musical theatre, as well as school holiday programs, extension and elite classes.

The National Ballet School offers a suite of pre-professional full-time accredited courses (Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Dance) and the part time Elite Bridging Program.

Our Melbourne dance classes are held in the School’s purpose-built studios with opportunities for students to perform in the historic 783-seat National Theatre.


Melbourne Acting Classes

The National Drama School (formerly National Theatre Drama School) is Australia’s longest-established vocational training organisation for acting and a leading cultivator of stage and screen talent.


Under the inspired leadership of Director of Drama Dr Jo Loth, the teaching faculty of industry experts offer an array of Melbourne acting classes for budding young performers, aspiring pre-professionals and established industry players.

Melbourne acting classes including our Young Actors Program for stage and screen, and a suite of stage, screen and specialist acting classes for adults and professionals. The flagship Diploma of Acting – a three-year full-time qualification – prepares young acting talents for a fulfilling career in front of live audiences and on the big – or small – screen.

Renowned for its industry connections, intimate class sizes, and passion for the craft of acting, The National Drama School celebrates and champions diversity, while cultivating excellence and authenticity.

The National Theatre

Opened in 1974, The National Theatre is housed in an historic beaux art building originally constructed in 1921 as a 3000-seat cinema.

Located in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of St Kilda, the 783-seat proscenium theatre caters to full scale theatrical, dance or musical presentations, community-based entertainment, comedy, cabaret and a growing range of multicultural and ethnically diverse shows.

As a popular venue for hire, The National Theatre plays host to multiple productions from the National Ballet and Drama Schools as well as many of Melbourne’s youth arts organisations and high school productions.

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