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Slip on your ballet shoes and join our adult classes at the home of The Australian Ballet on Southbank.

Our six-week series of adult ballet classes are taught to live piano and are run by current and former dancers of The Australian Ballet. Classes range from ballet basics (for absolute beginners), right through to advanced level three. Plus, our repertoire classes give you the chance to learn the steps from some of the world’s most famous ballets.

Everyone is welcome, so no matter if you have two left feet or feel at home at the barre, we'll have you on your way to performing the perfect pirouette in no time.

Can't commit to a series? Casual classes are released two weeks in advance so that you can try a class before you sign up

Join us at the barre today!

Where and when

Current Series:

Week commencing 20 August – week concluding 30 September

Next Series:

Week commencing 1 October – week concluding 11 November

Casual Classes:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings weekly

Tickets

$160 per six-week series, $33 casual

Duration

75-min ballet | 60-min Rep

Suitable for

Adults 18 years +

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  • Class levels

    Ballet Basics
    In this beginner class you’ll learn the basics of our favourite art form in the studios used by our elite dancers. Class will start at the barre and will progress slowly into exercises in the centre of the room (without a barre) including port de bras (arm movements), travelling exercises and petit allegro (small jumps). This is a fun, step-by-step guide that will help you to improve your posture, co-ordination and strength so that you can channel your inner ballerina. No prior experience necessary.

    Please note:

    • This class is for people who have never done ballet before, or people who have only attended a small number of classes before
    • Ballet shoes are recommended

    Level One

    Level one is the class for you if you have participated in ballet classes before, or have taken a ballet basics series with us and are familiar with the basic positions of the arms and feet. The main focus of the course will be on developing your musicality and working on your strength and coordination at the barre so that you can advance into centre work. Each week will build on the previous week to re-familiarise you basics of classical ballet. 

    Level Two 

    Level two is the class for you if you have participated in a series of ballet classes recently and are confident with pliés, tendus, battements, ronds de jambes, arabesques and pirouettes. Classes will focus on technique in a fun environment. Each week will build on the previous week and combine strength, conditioning, correct body alignment, flexibility, coordination and rhythm.

    Level Three

    Level three is for you if you’ve completed a course in adult ballet recently have a solid foundation in classical technique. Class will move at a quicker pace and include longer exercises in the centre. Musicality will be refined and you’ll be challenged to develop the lyricism of your dancing.

    All ballet classes at The Australian Ballet are accompanied by live piano (the way it should be!).

    Repertoire Classes
    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. To take this class you need to be booked into a level two or level three class to add it on.

    Please note: all participants must be 18 years and above.

  • Schedule

    Current Series:
    Week commencing 20 August – week concluding 30 September

    Next Series:
    Week commencing 1 October – week concluding 11 November

    Monday

    6.30 - 7.45pm

    • Level one with Roland Cox

    6.45 - 8pm

    • Ballet basics with Justine Miles
    • Level three with Madeline Eastoe 

    Tuesday

    6.30 - 7.45pm

    • Level two with Sakis Michelis

    6.45 - 8pm

    • Ballet basics with Sophie Fletcher
    • Level three Justine Miles

    Thursday

    6.30 - 7.45pm

    Level one with Filip Janda 

    6.45 - 8pm

    • Level two with Sophie Fletcher
    • Level three with Justine Miles

    8 - 9pm

    • Repertoire class with Justine Miles
  • Pricing

    Classes are sold in six week blocks. Prices are as follows:

    • $160 for each six-week series (save $38)
    • $75 for six-week repertoire series (only available to level two and above)
    • $300 for enrolment in a series of two classes per week (save $96)
    • $399 for enrolment in a series of three classes per week (save $195)

    Casual class:

    • $33 per ballet class
    • $17 repertoire 
  • More information

    Location

    Level Five, The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre
    2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, Melbourne

    What to wear

    • Non-restrictive tights or leggings
    • T-shirt, leotard or sports top
    • Ballet shoes (socks are not permitted in the studios, but bare feet are allowed)
    • Limited change room facilities are available 10 minutes before your class commences.

    What to bring

    • If it is your first class with us you will need to bring a completed participant information form
    • 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 class, as there is no late admittance
    • 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.

KATE GORDON-ADDISON, ADULT BALLET PARTICIPANT