Established in 1991 by Christine Walsh AM and Ricardo Ella, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet is renowned for its strong professional ballet training, preparing dancers for dance companies world wide.


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, Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau. 

The school is continuing to enjoy the recognition of its training in classical ballet by the international dance community.  

A number of academic schools in Melbourne now participate with the ACB to facilitate the students undertaking their academic studies on a half-day basis devoting the other half of the day to their ballet studies at the ACB's new premises in Richmond. 

The CUA40113 Certificate IV in Dance andCUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) half day training leads ideally into the ACB's full-time daily training, CUA60113 Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance), where the students are intensively trained according to the requirements of the dance profession. 

Many ACB graduates students have entered dance companies such as the Royal Ballet, Houston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Kiev Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Bavarian National Ballet, Deutsche Staatsoper-Berlin, Ballet Ireland, Ballet du Rhin, Tokyo Ballet and many other European companies.