Specialised Coaching Program

Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet

Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet

The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet is proud to announce their new affiliation with Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet which is now directing the Specialised Coaching Program. 


Young talented students in classical ballet need specialised coaching, care and nurturing, in order to develop their technique and artistry. 

With her wealth of experience as an international Principal Artist, and her highly respected reputation as a teacher and dance educator, Christine Walsh has been in a unique position to create one of the most intensive training programs yet developed for talented young Australian ballet students. Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet and the specially selected staff are providing ideal training for a small elite group of future professional dancers through a coaching program devised by Christine Walsh. The number of students for each level in classical ballet classes is limited to a maximum of 12 to ensure students are given maximum attention in their training.

The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet is well known for the care and development of young ballet students through the school's holistic approach to the students' training.  We have entrusted Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet to maintain and enhance this focus.

The Specialised Coaching Program uses a Russian Vaganova based method of classical ballet training and the syllabus used is the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. Specialised Coaching Program students are given the opportunity during the year to dance with the Full-Time students in performances. 

The Specialised Coaching Program can lead into advanced training after school for students continuing their full academic education.  

Alternatively, students may enter the CUA40113 Certificate IV in Dance and CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) then the CUA60113 Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) at the ACB by invitation.

Both options ultimately allow for students with professional aspirations to audition to train Full-Time at the ACB. Therefore students at Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet have a comprehensively designed training pathway from 8 years of age through to professional age.

This program is unique, as the strong classical base along with Contemporary, Character and Jazz studies is gradually expanded through the advanced years to include a wide range of subjects. The full-time dancers of the ACB graduating at the end of the CUA60113 Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) will be fully equipped for a career in either a classical ballet company, a contemporary dance company or in commercial theatre. The ACB courses provide a broad skill base for the students to become complete dancers and widen their employment opportunities.