An enchanting ballet production for all ages to enjoy!

Following the success of Christine Walsh’s The Sleeping Beauty, we are proud to once again present this traditional full length ballet production performed by 75 dancers and featuring international guest artists!


The Sleeping Beauty

Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
18 to 22 December 2019

"Impressive!"             - The Sunday Age

Don't miss out on seeing this family entertainment

at its best!
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International Ballet Gala

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre 15th July 2017

Luca Acri - Soloist, The Royal Ballet; Matthew Ball - First Soloist, The Royal Ballet; Oksana Bondareva - Second Soloist, Mariinsky Theatre; Benjamin Ella - Soloist, The Royal Ballet; Anton Korsakov - First Soloist, Mariinsky Theatre; Tomas Mock - First Artist, The Royal Ballet; Vadim Muntagirov - Principal Artist, The Royal Ballet; Luciana Paris - Soloist, American Ballet Theatre; Denise Parungao - Junior Principal Artist, Ballet Philippines; Joseph Phillips - Principal Artist, State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater; Calvin Richardson - First Artist, The Royal Ballet; Akane Takada - Principal Artist, The Royal Ballet; Joy Womack - Principal Artist, Kremlin Ballet and dancers of The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

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“We were treated to some of the best couple duets, divertissements, solos, and company corps de ballet works in the canon of classical ballet, to rapturous applause!”
“…a night to remember!”…                                          The Plus One – July 2017


The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker  

“..great evening of theatre, dance and music!”    - Herald-Sun                                                               

This well-loved traditional Christmas ballet were performed in a unique setting with 65 dancers of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and 65 musicians of the ACB Orchestra featuring international guest artists.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 20th and 21st December 2016  



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.