Newcastle Ballet Theatre teaches the

Christine Walsh quotes:

"Most professional ballet companies
give classes in the Russian Style
because of its acknowledged strength and performing qualities, it is therefore more logical to teach students this method from the early stages right through their training years"

In addition to the above classes we also offer:
Private Tuition: - Private tuition is available for beginners through to professional levels. Classes are tailored to suit the needs of the individual student. To enquire about availability, please contact us.

BC Examinations - BC Exams will be held annually. These exams are not compulsory but are encouraged as we feel it gives the students something to work towards and a sense of accomplishment. Students will participate in exams at the discretion of the principals and under the advisement of Ms. Walsh so as to not push a student through an exam they may not be ready for.

Eisteddfods: Students wishing to participate in eisteddfods are encouraged, however they must have one private lesson each week, leading up to the eisteddfod, to learn their dances. All dances must be choreographed by a faculty member, or guest teacher, and all costumes must be approved by a faculty member.

Annual Concert: - NBT Holds two concerts each year where all students are invited to participate & showcase what they have learned throughout the year. It is a great chance for students to gain performance experience on the stage and at the same time have fun.

Open Days: - We ask that parents do not watch classes as we feel this is a distraction for the students. However, the last week of Terms 1, 2 & 3 we will have an open week where parents/grandparents are welcome to come and watch any of their childs classes. We will not have an open week in term 4 as we will be working on their concert dances


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A fun, friendly, and informal class for men and women who have always wanted to learn ballet, or those who may want to re-learn after a bit of time away. Open to all levels of fitness and experience, these classes offer improved flexibility, strength, and body awareness, and are a fantastic way to get fit and toned while experiencing the joy of Classical Ballet & Contemporary Dance.  

See further details on our Timetable page   

For ages 2 - 5yrs, these classes are designed as a preparation for the pre-primary syllabus where the little ones explore their creativity, build co-ordination and confidence all while having lots of fun.

These  classes start with a warm up consisting of strength training and some flexibility work.
Then we do progressions down the mat with. Some skills the students will work on are:
forward/backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, walkovers and  round offs. And progressing to more challenging skills from there. It’s a really fun class that focuses on learning acro skills safely and with spotting.

MASTER CLASSES: (Link to master class by Damien Smith)
NBT Regularly holds master classes with special guest teachers.  Most recent guest teachers have been
Michael Braun,  Damian Smith, Herman Payne,
Aaron Shaw, Lana Jones & Daniel Gaudiello  

Former NBT Student Lewis Formby accepted into the Australian Ballet School Level  7 intake for 2017

2019 - Corps de Ballet with The Australian Ballet.
2020  Jette Parker  Young Artist Program -  Queensland Ballet  

PRE-PRIMARY Students  with Miss Amelia

The basics of ballet technique are the same for girls and boys. But, like girls with their pointe work, boys have their own particular steps and physical demands. Boys not only have a different energy than girls, they can also learn differently. Each ballet class must work through the basics, but the emphasis in Boys class is on those steps that define the male technique - turning and leaping - often at the same time. If you have a boy interested in ballet, this is the class for them!

Pas de Deux translates to “step for two”, and is an umbrella term for partnering work in classical ballet. As a dancer’s technique improves, this skill becomes necessary. Learning to trust and communicate with a partner is a vital component to the growth and development of a dancer.
Pas de deux is open
to Senior female dancers en pointe

Contemporary dance uses the body in a variety of ways, being influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. It encourages freedom of movement and creativity as well as core strength and control. Students may learn choreographed works, or be encouraged to improvise.

These classes emphasize musicality, rhythm, energy, and performance. Full of personality, Jazz is most often seen in the commercial and entertainment industries.

These classes are a great compliment to the Syllabus work.   As most auditions are conducted in an open format, with each combination new and taught during class, open classes are an excellent learning tool. While needing to think quickly and maintain proper technique, the student has the opportunity to express themselves through the movement and grow as a dancer and performer.

Newcastle Ballet Theatre's Extension Program is designed as supplemental training for the serious ballet student and is generally taken as an option to replace for School Sport time. Taking place in the afternoons one day a week, the Program consists of an Open Ballet class followed by either a Pointe or Boys coaching class, giving young dancers an extra opportunity to gain strength and knowledge within their Classical Ballet technique. As the classes occur during the day, the Extension Program is also a wonderful chance to see NBT's Full & Part Time dancers in the studio.

Each dancer is considered individually, regardless of experience with pointe work. Please contact Rider on
0401 214 042  to arrange your trial class. 

In Addition to our after hours classes NBT holds a
Full Time & Part Time Program   
as well as our school hours Extension Program:

(Formally ACB Syllabus)

This Syllabus uses a Russian Vaganova based method of classical ballet training.

The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet has now officially changed it’s name to Ballet Conservatoire.  This change has come about as the Syllabus now has a rapidly growing International presence.  
The Ballet Conservatoire  Syllabus was created by former Australian Ballet Principal Dancer  Christine Walsh AM.
As a 12 year program, it is designed to meet the needs of ballet students who are unable to take full time dance training from a young age. This training and assessment program emphasizes correct placement, dynamics and performance quality which are all inherent in the Vaganova method. The program aims  to develop in the student a professional attitude which will assist them in their pursuit of a career either as a professional dancer or dance teacher.

Photo by Taylor Ferné Morris




NBT  conducts  Summer Workshops  each January  with International & National guest teachers.