The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet – Syllabi
Designed for the dedicated ballet teacher who has an understanding of constructing classes.
Classical ballet (Russian Vaganova based method)
In 1991, after extensive experience as a professional dancer and dance lecturer in Australia and overseas, former Australian Ballet ballerina Christine Walsh, AM, founded the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) to give Australian classical ballet students the opportunity to train in the Russian Vaganova based method from age 5. Drawing on her professional experience, Walsh adapted the existing 8-year Vaganova method into a 12-year training and examination program for part-time ballet students. ACB’s success has led to teacher seminars, conventions, examination sessions, study tours, scholarships, job placements, workshops and dance festivals being held in Australia, India, Taiwan, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines. There are over 300 ACB teachers, some using this program to enhance the method they’re already teaching.
The ACB program aims to train ballet students towards the requirements of the professional dance industry, through the development of a strong, stable technique with beauty of line, artistic quality, expressiveness and a professional attitude. Designed for the dedicated ballet teacher who has an understanding of constructing classes – not solely teaching from a syllabus manual. Performing experience is desirable to be able to impart artistic performing quality.
Teachers are provisionally qualified after completing ACB’s Teacher Training Seminar 1 (up to Level 4). After submitting students for exams successfully, teachers receive full teacher registration and are eligible for Seminar 2 (Level 5 and Senior) and following this, Seminar 3 (Excellence). Regular teaching seminars are held throughout the year.
Ten levels: Pre-Primary, Primary, Preparatory Level 1, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Senior Level (2 years) and Excellence (2 years).
Present directors: Christine Walsh AM (former principal dancer, Australian Ballet and Roland Petit Ballet de Marseilles) and Ricardo Ella (former principal dancer, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Phantom of the Opera, and former Australian Ballet coryphee)
Patron: Dame Margaret Scott, AC, DBE
03 9421 2000
Established in 1991 by Christine Walsh AM and Ricardo Ella, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) has a well-known reputation for strong professional ballet training, with students benefiting from the most up-to-date methods in order to be fully prepared for the current requirements of dance companies worldwide.
The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet is both a classical ballet school and a training program. The creation of the ACB teacher training and assessment program (syllabus), half-day ballet/half-day academic and the full-time program, has enabled students to reach exemplary standards. The program is based of the Vaganova method, which has been adapted to suit the needs of Australian and international students attending academic day schools. Over 200 teachers now teach this program in schools across Australia, the Philippines, Japan and Hong Kong.