About Queensland Ballet Academy

#Developing the Artists of the Future

Queensland Ballet provides industry-informed ballet and dance training pathways through our world-class Academy, developing dancers towards professional careers in Australia and overseas. Together, we are nurturing the dancers of the future. 

Under the direction of Queensland Ballet Artistic Director, Leanne Benjamin OBE AM, and Academy Director, Christian Tátchev, Queensland Ballet Academy provides comprehensive professional ballet and dance training programs and events for students from age 8 through to career employment. 

#A Continued Legacy

The Lisner Ballet Academy was established in 1953 by Queensland Ballet’s founder, Charles Lisner OBE. This academy inspired Queensland Ballet’s commitment to nurturing the young dancers of the future, and our training programs today are a continuation of Charles Lisner OBE’s vision. 

Proudly, we continue to build on the legacy to train world-class dancers right here in Australia. 

Queensland Ballet Academy takes a holistic approach towards training and education. Queensland Ballet’s Performance Health team and affiliated professionals, provide comprehensive support and are dedicated to educating young dancers in healthy practises that they can use throughout their lives.  

We focus on developing students’ creativity, curiosity, artistry and technical dance abilities, while being committed to ensuring they are well equipped academically and empowered for their futures.  

#The Queensland Ballet Academy Difference

Balance of Academic Education and Dance Studies

Professional Alignment and Opportunities

World-class Faculty, Choreographers, Musicians, and Wellbeing Support

Facilities Built Purposefully for Dance Students to Learn and Thrive

The Official Training Organisation of Queensland Ballet

The Official Training Organisation of Queensland Ballet

Our training facilitates the Queensland Ballet Company vision to nurture and support world-class ballet and dance training in Queensland and Australia.

We provide professional dance pathways for young dancers, while equipping them with the skills to create a successful career for themselves.

#The Queensland Ballet Relationship

Academy students benefit from being immersed within the professional industry, with direct involvement with Queensland Ballet through:

Guest teachers and choreographers from Queensland Ballet’s Artistic team, as well as visiting national and international creatives working with the Company.

Students are often involved in Queensland Ballet performances as trainee artists or in children’s roles. Students have access to shared performance spaces, and the experience of observing and participating in the Company's rehearsals during seasons.

Students have the opportunity to develop professional relationships earlier in their career, and be inspired by those already on their career path.

#Support the Academy

Queensland Ballet Academy relies on the support of those who believe in our artistic vision for young dancers. Without the support from our generous donors and sponsors, we would not be able to provide the world-class facilities, training, and opportunities to our promising young students. 

You can show your support in a number of ways - whether that’s by attending an Academy performance, making a one-off donation, or joining our donor community. 

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#Discover more


Our team comes from far and wide, bringing with them a wealth of experience that can’t be matched. 


The Queensland Ballet Academy building is home to state-of-the-art facilities, built specifically to support students training and development.


Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the arts all around the world. 

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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