The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s Training and Examination Program
Based on the Russian (Vaganova) Method of Classical Ballet
Devised by Christine Walsh AM, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet's 12 year program is designed to suit the needs of all classical ballet students who are unable to take full-time dance training from an early age. The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training and assessment program emphasizes correct placement, dynamics and performing quality which are all qualities inherent in the Vaganova method.
In addition to this, the program aims to develop in the student a professional attitude which will assist them in the pursuit of a career either as a professional dancer or dance teacher.
For teachers wishing to study this training program, Seminars are conducted by arrangement. The program is designed to be used by the dedicated ballet teacher who has had a good deal of experience constructing general open classes and not uniquely teaching from a syllabus manual. The teacher must be able to write class plans for each term covering the vocabulary at each level. It is desirable that the teacher has had performing experience at a professional or semi-professional level, in order to impart artistic performing quailty which is essential. Presently, this program is being used by teachers in Australia and Asia.
"Most professional ballet companies give classes in the Russian style because of its acknowledged strength and performing quality, it is therefore more logical to teach students this method from the early stages right through their training years."
- Christine Walsh AM