ACB presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and auditions

Australian Conservatoire of Ballet performs Sleeping BeautyThe Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) will present The Sleeping Beauty in the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 18 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. The classical production will feature 75 dancers and 70 musicians on stage, including international guest artists.


The enchanting, traditional ballet is choreographed by ACB Managing Director Christine Walsh. Walsh is a former professional dancer turned director. The retired ballerina once danced with The Australian Ballet as a principal, performing all the major soloist roles in ballets like Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Don Qiuxote and many others.


A truly wonderful ballet production for all ages to enjoy, Walsh’s Sleeping Beauty will be presented for three performances only. Ballet enthusiasts can order tickets now through Arts Centre Melbourne by visiting or by calling 1300 182 183.


In addition, as ACB is preparing for Sleeping Beauty, it’s also taking private auditions for courses commencing in 2015. Courses include an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance), a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance), a Certificate IV in Dance and a Specialised Coaching Program.


Recognised as one of the top ballet training institutions in Australia, ACB offers: a renowned Ballet School where students are taught foundational technique and are coached for entry to international ballet competitions (such as the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland); a Training Program based on the Russian (Vaganova) Method of Classical Ballet developed by Christine Walsh; and a Production Company which annually performs full-length classical ballets with its own full-scale orchestra.


Recent graduates have received contracts at leading companies, such as ballerina Amelia Drummond with Karlsruhe Ballet in Germany and dancer Liam Morris with the National Romanian Ballet.


For general information on ACB, visit For inquiries and application forms to audition for a full time or part time course, email or call 03 9421 2000.


Photo: The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet performs the Sleeping Beauty pas de deux in 2012. Photo courtesy of ACB.