the national ballet school

Established in 1939 by Australian performing arts pioneer Gertrude Johnson OBE, 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 highly accomplished teaching faculty delivers a comprehensive dance education based on Vaganova and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) training.

The National Ballet School offers a suite of pre-professional dancer training including full-time accredited courses (Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Dance) and the part time Elite Bridging Program. Selection to all accredited and bridging courses is by audition.

The National Ballet School also offers junior to senior classes for Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, contemporary, jazz, tap and musical theatre, as well as school holiday programs, extension and elite classes.

Located in the bayside suburb of St Kilda, the National Ballet School aims to inspire a lifelong passion for dance. Students will enjoy training in our purpose-built studios and performing in the historic 783-seat National Theatre.

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