Full-Time Ballet Programs

The National Theatre is a registered training organisation providing a number of full time accredited qualifications, as well as a full-time non,  accredited training program through our Ballet School.

The National Theatre Ballet School professional accredited training courses are continually evaluated to meet the ever-evolving dance industry, maximising our students’ opportunities to achieve a career in the dance.

All our Full-time programs provide students with professional industry relevant dance training and skills that prepare and supports the student beyond the studio.

We offer accredited and non-accredited pathways for Australian and International students to attain qualifications in Diploma of Dance Elite Performance
Advanced Diploma of Dance Elite performance.

On offer is a specialist Emerging Artist finishing year program. This is a personal bridging program to assist post-tertiary and advanced level trained students, who require a little more time and support in order to launch beyond everyday training.

All courses and finishing year are by audition entry only.



Video link submission close date: Saturday the 8th of August, 2020

Saturday 15th August 2020 3 – 5pm (information Session for parents 5pm) TBC against COVID-19 restrictions
Saturday 17th October 2020 3 – 5pm (information Session for parents 5pm)

For further Audition Information please contact ballet@nationaltheatre.org.au


Course Code: CUA50113        
Cricos Code: 084370A

The course provides participants with the skills and understanding of the requirements for dancers, aspiring to work in professional dance companies and other areas of dance.

Course Code: CUA60113
Cricos Code: 084371M
The Advanced Diploma Course is intended for dancers who possess the necessary technique, aptitude and talent to work in professional dance companies and or in the dance industry. It is designed to provide participants with the technique, artistic skills, aptitude and knowledge that will assist them towards their endeavours to dance professionally.

This is a personal bridging program to assist post-tertiary and advanced level trained students, who require a little more time and support in order to launch beyond everyday training.

Students will be allowed opportunities to represent the school in competitions, events and forums gaining experience on stage and creating opportunities, all while continuing training in ballet technique, repertoire, variations, contemporary, character, body conditioning, and rehearsal as need in performance.

Students will also have the opportunity to create video auditions, be involved in photo shoots (videos and photos must be purchased by the emerging artist) and be considered for a letter of introduction to companies in Australia and/or Internationally including company secondment opportunities where possible, directed by Artistic Director and Associate Director.

Emerging artists are encouraged to create a professional relationship which nurtures communication and enable professional goals to be fulfilled.

Each program builds on the skills and knowledge gained in the previous year. With the main subject areas (listed below) being built on each year to improve your skills and knowledge in performance and theory.

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

Full-time programs – practical lessons per week – approximately 35 hours over a 6 day week plus rehearsals and performances.

Pre-requisites & Entry Requirements

  • Entry is by audition only
  • Completion of Academic Year 10 studies.
  • Open Auditions held September/October each year
  • Private auditions can be arranged throughout the year
  • CRICOS registered to accept international students
  • Annual intake up to 25 students – this includes both female and male students
  • Scholarships are available

Main Subjects Offered

Classical, Pointe, Variations, Repertoire, Contemporary, Body Conditioning, Character and Partnering.

International Students

Please note our different course fee structure and enrolment information for international students.
Please visit our international students page to find out more.

USI: For information regarding your Unique Student Identification number, please visit our Student Information Page or the Australian Government’s USI website.

Fees are payable by the census date of each unit in advance. Students who are eligible for VET Student Loans may be able to obtain an Australian Government student loan to a maximum of $10,000 of their tuition fees in this course. (see VET student Loans)

The Course is also approved for Austudy, ABSTUDY and the Pensioner Education Supplement. For more information on undertaking accredited acting courses with the National Theatre Drama School, please contact us at ballet@nationaltheatre.org.au 

For a full breakdown of unit costs, and census dates please download the following document NTBS census dates 2020