Adult Ballet Classes

Slip on your ballet shoes and take class at Sydney Opera House to live piano.

Our six-week Adult Ballet Classes are taught by current and former dancers of The Australian Ballet and will have you performing the perfect pirouette in no time. General classes focus on strength, correct body alignment, flexibility, rhythm and grace and our Repertoire classes give you the chance to learn the steps from some of the world’s most famous ballets. Ballet classes in Sydney are available for those with an existing foundation in ballet.

In Melbourne? Take classes in the studios our dancers use during the day. More info


Due to the cancellation of the Sydney seasons of Volt and Anna Karenina, these classes from 5 April - 17 May have been cancelled.
If you are an existing ticketholder for these classes, please see our Coronavirus Policy (COVID-19) for further instruction.

Being in the ballet room is something very special. Dancing is happiness

Jan Carstens, Adult Ballet Class participant


$160 for 6-week Ballet class | $250 with Rep class


75-min class | 60-min Rep

Suitable for

Ages 18 and above

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Adult Ballet Classes

Live piano, pirouettes and pointe shoes - step inside our Adult Ballet Classes. 

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  • Class Levels and Timetable

    Non-Beginner Class

    9:00 - 10:15am

    This class is for you if: you have participated in a series of ballet classes recently and are confident with pliés, tendus, grand battements, ronds de jambs and pirouettes. Classes will focus on developing your classical technique in a safe and fun environment. Each week will build on the previous week and combine strength, correct body alignment, flexibility, coordination and rhythm.

    Repertoire Classes

    10:30 - 11:30am (add-on to Non-Beginner Class)

    In our repertoire classes, you get to learn the most famous steps and sequences from the most loved ballets; think Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. You’ll be learning both the technique required to perform these steps but also the stagecraft involved in communicating the story to an audience.


    Coryphées Timothy Coleman and François-Eloi Lavignac will be teaching the class from Sunday 5 April until Sunday 17 May.

    Timothy Coleman

    • Sunday 5 April - Sunday 26 April*

    François-Eloi Lavignac

    • Sunday 3 May - Sunday 17 May

    *Please note there will be no class on Sunday 12 April due to the Easter weekend.

    If you have questions about this event, please phone our customer experience team on 1300 369 741.

    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 Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre or The Sydney Opera House. 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.

  • Before attending

    What to wear

    Non-restrictive tights or leggings
    T-shirt, leotard or sports top
    Ballet shoes or socks
    Limited change room facilities are available 10 minutes before your class commences.


    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.


    Class etiquette

    Arrive at least five minutes before as there is absolutely no late admittance after the class has been taken through Stage Doors.
    Please sign in for all classes.
    Wash your hands before entering the studio.
    Please turn off phones and mobile devices.
    Listen carefully to the teacher’s instructions.


    Medical conditions

    Ballet is suitable for most people but please keep in mind it is challenging exercise. We require a letter from your doctor to participate if you:

    • are pregnant
    • have a history of heart condition or stroke
    • have a serious cardiovascular condition including hypertension, hypotension and heart failure
    • are currently using diuretics, barbiturates or beta-blockers

I have really remembered why I loved dancing all those years ago, my fitness has improved, my mental health is in good shape too and my creative side has an outlet again. I hadn’t anticipated any of those outcomes and so great are the personal rewards and enjoyment that I then signed up for another week of classes.