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Newcastle Ballet Theatre

Our aim is to provide professional training within a creative, caring and challenging environment where every student can reach their full potential.

After professional careers that spanned over a decade Kristy Tancred & Rider D Vierling are proud to bring high level classical training to the region.  Newcastle Ballet Theatre was founded in 2012, and within that short time is  already producing great results, with students entering into the Australian Ballet School, Australian Ballet Company, Queensland Ballet Professional Year, Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker Young Artists Program, Queensland Ballet Company, West Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional year, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, Moulin Rouge and International Ballet & Contemporary Schools.

Newcastle Ballet Theatre offers expert tuition in a wide range of ballet classes for all ages - from Teeny/Tiny Dancers & beginners to
pre-professionals and adults. Focusing on Classical Ballet, NBT is proud to be the first school in NSW to introduce the
Australian Conservatoire of Ballet  (ACB) Syllabus, now called the BC Syllabus after the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet  officially changed it’s name to
Ballet Conservatoire.  This change has come about due to the  Syllabus now having a rapidly growing International presence.

The BC Syllabus has proven to be a very successful syllabus in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and throughout the Philippines and Asia. Based on Russian training methods, the syllabus combines the use of open format classes to develop fast thinking dancers, and carefully thought out set exercises. The results are dancers with a strong classical technique from a young age, able to grow and adapt quickly.

Principals Kristy and Rider chose the BC Syllabus over other options after teaching students raised in this syllabus, while living on the Gold Coast in 2011. Seeing the quality of dancers it was producing, and the preparation it provides advanced students for a life in the professional dance world, the BC was a clear and easy choice.

Newcastle has historically been fertile ground for ballet talent in Australia. With the BC Syllabus, NBT aims to honour that legacy while continuing to push forward to even greater levels.

Newcastle Ballet Theatre has had Full Time students accepted into various Summer programs throughout Europe and in New York. NBT students have also been accepted into the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, Australian Ballet School, Australian Ballet Company
Australian Ballet School Interstate program, Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional course ,  Victorian State Ballet  Pre-Professional Year,  Transit Dance Diploma course and School of Ballet Theatre UK, Alonzo King LINES Ballet,  Queensland Ballet Jette Parker Young Artist Program ,  Queensland Ballet Summer School and Pre-Professional Year & West Australian Ballet.

NBT is moving from strength to strength initiating our Part time Advanced Ballet Coaching Program in 2013, and commencing our

What sets NBT apart from the rest - besides the quality of the facilities and training - is the atmosphere of professionalism, positivity and encouragement. See our Reviews

For classes offered see our Classes page   To download enrolment forms etc.  see our Download Forms page


About the Ballet Conservatoire Syllabus (BC) formerly (ACB) Sylabus:
Devised by Christine Walsh AM, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet's 12 year program is designed to suit the needs of all classical ballet students who are unable to take full-time dance training from an early age.

The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training and assessment program emphasizes correct placement, dynamics and performing quality which are all qualities inherent in the Vaganova method.

In addition to this, the program aims to develop in the student a professional attitude which will assist them in the pursuit of a career either as a professional dancer or dance teacher.

Studio:  1/89 Mitchell  Road
Cardiff NSW 2285



Emma Pickard was accepted into the NZ School of Dance in 2020

Sophie Lumb was accepted into the Queensland Ballet Senior Full Time Program for 2020


Accepted into the White Eagle Academy France in the 2nd Year of their Program. Here, she will have the amazing opportunity to study with former Paris Opera Ballet Etoile Patrick Dupond.

This is AFTER she spends 2 weeks in Moscow, Russia studying with the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy!

Photo by Mel Young Photography