Located just a tram ride away from The Australian Ballet’s Melbourne HQ, is one of Victoria’s most socially and culturally diverse primary schools, St Kilda Primary School. Nearly ten years ago, staff from The Australian Ballet Education Team boarded the number 67 tram to meet the Principal, Sue Higgins. From that meeting began a partnership that has benefited thousands of children.
Weave Youth and Community Services is a non-profit community organisation that supports young people, women, children and families, many from Indigenous backgrounds, living in the City of Sydney and South Sydney. In July this year a group of children from Weave, between the ages of seven and thirteen, worked with The Australian Ballet Education team to choreograph and perform a contemporary dance piece for their family and friends.
Biddigal Performing Arts and White Rock Primary School
Biddigal Performing Arts is a company of young Indigenous dancers based in Cairns. Aged between 11 and 25 years, the dancers learn alongside mentors who share their passion to express their Indigenous heritage and history through their unique choreography and the presentation of their work. In 2016, The Australian Ballet took the Out There program to Cairns to work in residence with the young dancers for a week.
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous performance venues in the world. It is also The Australian Ballet’s home away from home. Each year, the company performs to thousands of ballet lovers under its famous sails. In 2016, for the first time, The Australian Ballet and its Education Partner Samsung joined forces with the Opera House to bring the experience of going to the ballet to hundreds of students living with disabilities, many of whom might not otherwise have had this experience.
3,751 km from The Australian Ballet’s Melbourne HQ is Bees Creek Primary School, a small school serving an outer rural area of Darwin. In 2016, members of The Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble made the journey from Melbourne to deliver the Out There program to 150 students in Years 4, 5 and 6 for the very first time.