Training Programs

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STUDIO SESSIONS 3 - CHOREOGRAPHIC SHOWCASE

The School of the Melbourne City Ballet will open their doors from 21-22 September 2017 to present choreographic works created by Finishing Year Artists performed by the students of Finishing Year, Elite Artists Program & MICA. Accompanied by a few traditional pieces, Studio Sessions 3 is our last in studio season for 2017 and a great way to see the positive work of MCB's emerging talent.

Venue: Melbourne City Ballet Centre, 5/19 Pentridge Blvd, Coburg VIC 3058

Dates: Thursday 21 September & Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 7:00pm


Cinderella is a young girl who is treated poorly by her stepmother and step-sisters, following the passing of her beloved father.

There is a ball that all of the maidens are invited to attend, but Cinderella is forced by her cruel stepmother and step-sisters to stay behind and clean up after them.

To her delight and surprise, Cinderella is visited by her Fairy Godmother who grants her a wish to go to the ball, but only until the clock strikes midnight.

With a little bit of magic, she attends the ball and meets her Prince Charming who she falls in love with. However, as midnight approaches she dashes off, leaving behind her glass slipper. 

Will Prince Charming be able to find who the glass slipper belongs to? 

A stunning classical tale that is sure to delight audiences with the talents of the Melbourne City Ballet.


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Melbourne City Ballet are committed to providing upcoming artists and dance enthusiasts with the highest quality training within our state of the art facilities.

Our courses and classes cater for the varying needs of the community from specific technical or performance development, to general fitness classes.

Our offerings for 2017 & 2018 include:

  • COMMUNITY CLASSES
  • INTENSIVE WEEKS 
  • JUNIOR EXTENSION & BOYS PROGRAM 
  • JUNIOR ELITE ARTISTS PROGRAM (JEAP)
  • MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARTS (MICA)
  • ELITE ARTIST PROGRAM - FULL TIME
  • FINISHING YEAR (PRE-PROFESSIONALS)

A copy of our Education Prospectus can be downloaded via the link below


Training Program News

DANCE EDUCATORS RESOURCE PACKS AVAILABLE NOW! - Melbourne City Ballet has released our Dance Educator Resource Packs with all the information required about courses offered at Melbouren City Ballet. Please see the bottom of this page for details.

2018 AUDITIONS OPEN NOW - Auditions for Melbourne City Ballet's professional pathway courses are now open for 2018 with dates announced for Finishing Year, Full Time Elite Artist, Melbourne Institute of Classical Arts & Professional positions. Registration information for 2018 auditions is available via the link below.


ADULT COMMUNITY BALLET CLASSES - Melbourne City Ballet's artists run Community Ballet classes throughout the week catering from beginners to advanced level. A great way to keep fit throughout the year or re-engage with ballet in a quality class.

  • Cost: $18 per person (10 passes available for $150). Discount passes can be purchased in advance online through The Shop
  • Attire: Standard Ballet or General Fitness Attire
  • Enrolment: Not Required. Classes are casual in nature. Simply turn up at the class and pay the teacher at the door.
  • Teaching Staff: Artists training or performing with Melbourne City Ballet.
  • Who can attend? Classes are designed for anyone 16 years and over. All experience levels welcome!
  • Method: There is no syllabus for the classes and are done in an open class manner.
  • Audience: For the comfort of our guests and teachers, we do not allow guests to watch community classes.

When?: 

  • Mondays - Beginner 6pm-7:25pm, Intermediate 7:30pm - 9pm
  • Thursdays - Intermediate 6pm - 7:25pm, Beginner 7:30pm - 9pm,
  • Saturdays - Advanced 10:30am - 11:55am, Beginner 12pm - 1:30pm

Expressions of Interest will be available in 2017 for an Adult Ballet Repertoire Course - Watch this space!


INTENSIVE WEEK HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Join Melbourne City Ballet's Staff and Company Artists for a week of intensive classical ballet, contemporary and neoclassical movement. These intensive weeks traditionally take place twice per year during summer and winter breaks. No audition necessary for this program. Details for our 2018 Summer Intensive as follows:

Its back! Melbourne City Ballet's Summer Intensive Week returns in 2018! Get the chance to train with Melbourne City Ballet's Artistic Staff in neoclassical, classical and contemporary technique.

Classes will run from 9:30am until 4:30pm each day with a small showing at the end of the week. Suitable for 10 years and above from 8th to 12th January 2018. 

Early Bird: $390 (until 20th December) or $500.00 Standard Admission


JUNIOR EXTENSION PROGRAM AND BOYS CLASS

Melbourne City Ballet's Junior Extension Program offers young dancers from across Victoria a weekly class with the company's Artistic & Performing staff designed to develop their placement and quality. 

The classes take place each Saturday afternoon and have a duration of 1.5 hours. Classes are assigned on where a particular dancer will gain the most benefit with scheduled times of 

Melbourne City Ballet also offer a male extension class where masculine delivery is focused upon, whilst some immersion with general classes will occur where technically required.

Acceptance into this program is via public or private audition. Public audition dates are scheduled for 1:30pm Saturday 21st October 2017. Register via the link below.


JUNIOR ELITE ARTISTS PROGRAM - INTERSTATE & REGIONAL PROGRAM

Melbourne City Ballet's Junior Interstate Elite Artists Program (JEAP) is specifically designed to provide young dancers with the opportunity to gain experience training with Melbourne city Ballet's Artistic Staff.

The program gives some of the finest dancers the opportunity to experience MCB's training courses for the final two weeks of each term. The course includes work in various areas such as technique, pas de deus, pointe, masculine delivery and repertoire. JEAP prepares young artists for the physical and technical requirements of part or full time ballet training.

Each term finishes with a performance alongside Melbourne city Ballet's Elite and MICA students as part of the MCB Studio Sessions season. JEAP students also have the opportunity to meet company artists, watch full company rehearsals and be mentored by company artists towards careers as classical performers.

To audition for the program, please contact admin@melbournecityballet.com.au


MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARTS (MICA) 

Classical Ballet Training Combined with Secondary School Education

  • Academic Study: 9:00am - 1:15pm (Mon - Fri)
  • Classical Training: 2:15pm - 6:45pm (Mon - Fri)

Commencing in 2017, the Melbourne Institute of Classical Arts (MICA) is a joint collaboration between Coburg High School & Melbourne City Ballet to provide young dancers (years 7 to 12) with high quality classical and academic training throughout their secondary years.

The course includes subjects such as classical ballet technique, repertoire, contemporary movement, pas de deus, pointe, masculine delivery, acting and character.

Public auditions for this program for 2018 have now opened with dates scheduled in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane. More information is available on our MICA Page


ELITE ARTIST PROGRAM - FULL TIME (3 OR 5 DAY COURSE)

  •    CUA40113 CERTIFICATE IV OF DANCE
  •    CUA50113 DIPLOMA OF DANCE (ELITE PERFORMANCE)
  •    CUA60113 ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF DANCE (ELITE PERFORMANCE).

8 hours x 5 days per week (or 3 days slow pace) with Saturday morning class

Melbourne City Ballet’s Elite Artist Program is designed to provide those young dancers seeking a career as a professional artist to refine their skills over three years in classical ballet and contemporary movement.

Young artists who complete each year of this course successfully will gain accreditation each year until Advanced Diploma Level is reached through an auspice partnership with ATOD RTO #31624. 

Public auditions for this program for 2018 have now opened with dates scheduled in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane. More information is available via the below links.


FINISHING YEAR - MCB'S FINAL BRIDGING PROGRAM. 

8 hours x 5 days per week with Saturday morning class

Melbourne City Ballet’s Finishing Year Program provides young artists, who have already completed full time classical training, with an annual training program designed to provide performance experience alongside a professional classical ballet company.

Finishing Year Artists have many performance opportunities throughout the year whilst being provided with company level technical training by the Artistic Director and Senior Artistic Staff.

Graduates from this program are released into the professional industry to seek careers as a classical or contemporary performing artist. Participants within this program may also be selected for positions within Melbourne City Ballet’s professional company.

Public auditions for this program for 2018 have now opened with dates scheduled in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane. More information is available via the below links.



Partnership Program - Japan

Melbourne City Ballet works closely with national and international organisations to enhance the learning experience of MCB students and for students from around the world. We have established partnerships with Barkley regional council in the Northern Territory, where we deliver a diverse exchange program both to and from the territory. 

Internationally we have established partnerships with Uesugi Mayu Ballet studio in Osaka, our sister school, we provide regular exchange programs throughout the year. Click on their logo for more information.