Patrons have had an incredible impact on The Australian Ballet School, the school of The Australian Ballet.

We raise two-thirds of our annual funding through non-governmental sources, which is why the generosity of our donors is so critical - they help keep us at the forefront, nationally and internationally, in the training, development and care of young dancers.

Their support has helped deliver over $1.9 million in bursaries and scholarships to over 347 students since 2010. With over three-quarters of our students coming from interstate or overseas, families often struggle with boarding costs; the assistance patrons provide makes an enormous difference.

Our donors helped us build a home away from home for young dancers; 70% of our student residence, Marilyn Rowe House, was funded through private gifts. They allow us to create works with Australia's best emerging and established choreographers - presenting performances of the highest artistic and technical standard; and propel the careers of our students, with 80% of current dancers and artist staff of The Australian Ballet our graduates.

‘The generosity of Patrons has brought financial relief to my parents - and tears from my mum. It will help support me in my final year of training at The Australian Ballet School. We are deeply indebted.’ Joseph, Level 8 student and recipient of the inaugural Friends of The Australian Ballet (NSW) Scholarship.

’Your support means the world to me and my family – I am so grateful for this opportunity. It's because of you that I and many dancers are able to pursue our passion.' Serena, Level 8 student and scholarship recipient.

Thank you for considering giving to our Annual Appeal or pledging to become a Patron. Each gift is tax-deductible and has a far-reaching impact on the vitality of ballet in Australia and beyond, and helps the most talented students access the very best in dance education and training.

You're empowering tomorrow's dancers to dream big.

Contact our Development Team at or +61 3 9669 2807.

The Australian Ballet School

The Australian Ballet School is Australia's national centre for elite vocational classical dance and the school of The Australian Ballet. We aspire to be at the forefront, internationally, as providers of a unique, professional dance training programme that balances technique, artistry, educational needs and holistic care.

Click on the Donate Now button above to make a one-off donation.

You can also pledge to become a Patron of The Australian Ballet School through committing to an annual donation - that can be ended ay any time. In recognition of your support, you will be acknowledged on our Honour Boards and within performance programmes, and receive priority invitations to special events.

$250 (Associate Patron)
$500 (Patron)
$1,000 (Fellow Patron)
$5,000 (Governor Patron)
$10,000 (Benefactor Patron)
$20,000 (Ambassador Patron)

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