You. On stage at Sydney Opera House or Arts Centre Melbourne. Dancing The Merry Widow with one of our dancers. No, it’s not one of those dreams – it’s the next event on your ballet calendar. Learn a section of choreography from 2018’s most effervescent ballet, taught by one of the dancers from the production. Your moment awaits!
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Venues and dates
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney
Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
On the day
- Please complete the relevant information on the participant information form and bring it along with your ticket.
- There are limited change room facilities so please arrive dressed and ready for class
What to wear
- Non-restrictive tights or leggings
- T-shirt, leotard or sports top
- Ballet shoes or socks
What to bring
- A bottle of water and a towel
- It’s recommended that you don’t eat in the 90 minutes before class and are well hydrated
- Arrive at least five minutes before class, as there is no late admittance
- Please turn off phones and mobile devices
- Listen carefully to the teacher’s instructions
Disclaimer: Ballet classes can involve risk of personal injury. While The Australian Ballet takes all reasonable care in the conduct of its classes, it accepts no responsibility for injury or loss caused during classes or whilst participants are at or near the class venue. You are responsible for ensuring that you are physically and mentally fit for the class and during the class you must at all times take care of your own personal safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 15 Minutes of Fame?
15 Minutes of Fame is a class held on Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre stage and Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre stage
How will the class be structured?
10 – 15min warm up, followed by learning a section of the choreography from the mainstage production of The Merry Widow with live piano accompaniment. We teach approx. 6min section of choreography that we run through 5-6 times. We teach the choreography slowly so that everyone can pick up the steps and layer on the ‘character.’
Who will take the class?
The teachers taking this class will be The Australian Ballet company dancers, who are performing in the stage production. They’ll not only teach you ‘steps’ but they’ll also pass on small details passed onto them by the choreographer to enhance characterisation and artistry
Can my friends/family come to watch?
There are no onlookers permitted – we want to make participants feel as comfortable as possible
What’s the tone of the class?
The aim of the class is to create a fun and enjoyable afternoon on stage – for most it’s the only opportunity they’ll ever have to stand on stage.
What’s the skill level required?
The skill level of participants varies. You will have a much more enjoyable experience if you’re familiar with the ballet basics and can count to eight!
What should I wear?
Most wear leggings and a t-shirt, some more adventurous like to wear something akin to the production costume - we fully encourage this! Ballet shoes or jazz shoes are required so that we don’t damage the floor of the stage
What is the meeting point?
The meeting point for this class is Stage Door. A representative for The Australian Ballet will meet you there and take you through the backstage area onto the stage. Please be 5-10mins early as no latecomers will be admitted.
Why is this class only for participants aged 18+?
Participants need to be legally responsible for their own safety throughout the class. Moving around the backstage area can be dangerous, and we need participants to take care of their own experience and belongings.
Why is it called 15 Minutes of Fame?
The title - 15 Minutes of Fame refers to the Andy Warhol quote "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15minutes".