Melbourne Institute of Classical Arts (MICA)

The Melbourne Institute of Classical Arts (MICA) is a joint collaboration between Coburg High Schools and Melbourne City Ballet (MCB Incorporated) to provide new opportunities for young elite upcoming ballet artists to access both high quality education and classical training. Partners within MICA are focused on creating positive learning experiences for youth in Victoria to encourage the completion of their secondary education while training to become a professional artist.


Auditions for 2018 are now open - Book your audition place now.

Course Breakdown and Structure

Academic - Students would be able to commence their studies at Coburg Senior/Junior High School at approximately 9am, completing their studies at 1:15pm each day. An example of such offerings would be as follows:

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  • English
  • VCE Dance
  • VCE Drama
  • Science/Health
  • Mathematics


Classical Dance - Following completion of their academic studies for the day, students would then travel to Melbourne City Ballet Centre to commence their training for a 2:15pm start and cease at 6:45pm each evening.

Core units will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Classical Dance Technique
  • Repertoire
  • Contemporary
  • Composition
  • Back to Basics
  • Character (Folk Dance)
  • Diploma in Elite Performance (Dance) - Pas De Deux
  • Pointe
  • Male Technique
  • Body Conditioning - Pilates & Yoga
  • Personal & Professional Development

Students within the program will be placed into classes according to their age (though very rare movement may occur due to skill level):

  • Level One - Years 7 & 8
  • Level Two - Years 9 & 10
  • Level Three - Years 11 & 12

Cost: (current rate - subject to review) $2350 Tuition per term + basic academic costs. 

Hours: 5 days x 5 hours + School hours (with Saturday class 1.5 hours). Elective classes in Jazz, Acting & Syllabus work available at an additional cost on Saturdays.

2018 Audition Dates

  • Initial Intake: 9am Saturday 26th August 2017
  • Subsequent Intake: 9am Saturday 21st October 2017

Auditions will take place at the Melbourne City Ballet Centre - Shop 5, 19 Pentridge Boulevard Coburg (Melbourne). Interstate applications will be accepted at the Brisbane and Sydney round auditions.


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Melbourne Institute of Classical Arts Campus Locations

The MICA program would take place at two venues in Coburg, with a walking distance of 650metres between the venues. Both venues are close to public transport including bus, train and tram. *Students in years 11 & 12 will attend Brunswick High School for years 2018 & 2019 only.

Academic Campus

The academic portion would occur at Coburg High Schools, located at Alva Grove, Coburg VIC 3058. Coburg High School is a modern academic institution, providing a multifaceted learning environment to Victorian youth for years 7 - 12.

Classical Ballet Campus

The classical ballet portion would occur at the Melbourne City Ballet Centre, located at Shop 5, 19 Pentridge Boulevard, Coburg VIC 3058. Melbourne City Ballet Centre is home to Melbourne City Ballet and training programs offering high level classical training to Victorian artists.

Future Options Following Graduation from Course

Those within the MICA program will be training towards a career as a professional classical or contemporary artist. Students graduating from the program will have the ability to compete for positions within pre-professional or full time training programs in classical ballet (including Melbourne City Ballet’s Full Time or Finishing Year program) against other artists from across the world. Artists within this course will be trained for careers as classical ballet artists, contemporary artists, independent artists, choreographers and classical/contemporary instructors. Those with strong grade scores will be eligible to apply for tertiary education.