Classical ballet is arguably the foundation of most modern dance forms we have today. It is the most enquired about program at The Academy, and most of our students throughout the school either train in ballet, or take a ballet class to compliment their other dance style. The Academy's approach to ballet has been developed and refined since the school opened 25 years ago.


As each student progresses through their ballet study, they develop in the various aspects of ballet, including character (national dance), pointe, pas de deux and repertoire. The hours required for study are also carefully worked out on age/experience to ensure maximum potential:


Beginner 1
Primary 1
Preparatory 1
Level 1 2
Level 2 2
Level 3 3 (inc Character)
Level 4 3 (inc Character)
Level 5 4 (inc Character/Beginner Pointe)
Level 6 4 (inc Character/Pointe)
Major 1 6 (inc Pointe/Conditioning/Repertoire)
Major 2 6 (inc Pointe/Conditioning/Repertoire)
Major 3 6 (inc Pointe/Conditioning/Repertoire)
Major 4 6 (inc Pointe/Conditioning/Repertoire)


Syllabus study

The Academy provides detailed training in each of the core styles of classical ballet, jazz and tap. The syllabus, co-developed by the principal of The Academy, is taught in over 300 dance schools in Australia and has set learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each level.


While other dance schools in Australia offer syllabus studies, ADI is one of only a few that provide National Accreditation (Certificate I-IV) in Dance Performance. These qualifications are highly respected (and sought after) throughout Australia and overseas.


During their study, Academy students have the opportunity to take part in the assessments which are held annually in Term 3 and they receive a certificate and detailed report of their assessment.


From Level 3 up (Year 5 in school), students start to gain credits toward the VET course Certificate I-IV in Dance.


Students who study the core education program not only learn the physical & technical aspects of the dance styles but become exposed to other components including:


  • History of the Dance Style
  • Body Science (including awareness of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology & nutrition)
  • Musicality & Rhythm Training
  • Dance Vocabulary
  • Choreographic Skills
  • Stagecraft
  • Performance & Production Skills  


These skills are highly desirable and transferable for a career in dance performance, teaching or other related professional careers, including:


  • Medicine, as a dance physiotherapist, dance psychologist or sports nutritionist
  • Journalism, as a specialist in dance and/or theatre
  • Education, as a dance or physical education teacher
  • Arts administration
  • Choreography


Apart from learning to dance, there are many other life skills learned through students’ study, including teamwork and confidence.