The highly successful 2009 International Ballet Gala returns with current and future stars from renowned international ballet companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Ballet, English National Ballet, Mikhailovsky Theatre and surprise guest artists performing spectacular dance pieces and great virtuosity in world famous grand pas de deux’s of the classical repertoire supported by dancers of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

International Ballet Gala

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre                                                               

Saturday 15th July 2017 at 7:30pm

Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness
a truly special ballet event! 


Arts Centre Melbourne: or call 1300 182 183

Ticketmaster: or call 1300 723 038


Choreographed by Maina Gielgud for the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, Arts Centre Melbourne, December 2015

There was quite a lot of new choreography and loads of rearranging but basically Gielgud’s production was a staging rather than a new work. But what a beauty. It was hard to believe this was a student production, so high were its standards. The young dancers were not just technically assured, they gave terrifically engaged and engaging performances, working seamlessly with the delightful guest artists from Tokyo Ballet, Maria Kawatani and Arata Miyagawa. Christine Walsh designed the many costumes, all of them splendid.  

                                                                                                                                                                  Reviewed by Deborah Jones

“Impressive... the students were simply evidence of the school's position as training ground for excellent ballet.”

The Sunday Age December 2008

"…here was a Melbourne ballet school on an admirable pedagogic mission: to expose its students and local audiences to diverse examples of international excellence."

- The Australian, August 2009.

About our productions

The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet has a well established reputation and is invited regularly to perform its large repertoire of dance works and ballets.


ACB dance students have participated in the Port Fairy and Castlemaine Arts Festival, the Sans Souci Arts Festival in Germany, taken part in the inaugural performances of the Queensland Youth Ballet, participated in the "Pacific Brands" corporate events and have assisted in restaging ballet for Royal Ballet of Flanders.


One act ballets performed by the school are Christine Walsh's Paquita, A Midsummer Night's Dream, La Leçon, La Vivandiere, Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere, Le Corsaire Act 2, Octet for 9, Marc Bogaert's Ritualism and Framing and William Forsythe's Frankfurt Dances.


In December 2002 & 2004, ACB staged a new spectacular production of the full-length Swan Lake with 100 musicians of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra at the Melbourne Town Hall and the Hamer Hall of the Arts Centre. This was followed in 2005 by an even more ambitious collaboration with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra in a production of Romeo & Juliet at the Melbourne Town Hall. 

Since 2006, the ACB has performed its full-length productions at the State Theatre and Hamer Hall of the Arts Centre Melbourne featuring international guest artists and with its own orchestra on an annual basis to capacity audiences.

ACB now regularly performs fully staged productions of Christine Walsh's Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hansel & Gretel and Maina Gielgud's Coppelia and Harry Haythorne's La Sylphide.