International Ballet Academies

academias de ballet internacionales

We have seen great dancers in scenes, which show us great performances. However, behind these excellent dancers there is a whole formation that supports them; so it is important to know which are the best dance schools. The original dance schools are demanding on all their students due to the fact that it is a profession that requires a lot of discipline.


Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Inaugurated in 1776 in Russia, which is more than 240 years old. It is one of the oldest and best in the world, has a rich cultural tradition, its methodology focuses on values such as musicality, clarity and personal expression.

The masters come exclusively from the Moscow Academy to instruct the students in classical ballet, repertoire, points, variations, character dances, dances, stories and techniques for men. Year after year we can see new dancers coming to give classes, but first they have to take a very strict admission exam.

Famous students are graduates of this Academy: Maya Plisetskaya, Ekaterina Maximova, Nina Ananiashvili, Alexei Ratmansky, Vladimir Malakhou, Natalia Osipova, Polina Semionova or Nikolay Tsiskaridze, among many others.


The Royal Ballet School

Located in London, England, founded in 1926, a subsidiary of Royal Ballet. It is one of the world’s largest centers for classical ballet training, is considered one of the most important in history.

Its training system has been developed to cover eight years of full-time training, following the traditions of most schools in England. They also have a summer school.

It has renowned students such as Margot Fonteyn, Anthony Dowell, Anya Linden, Kenneth MacMillan, Lynn Seymour, David Wall, Antonieta Sibley, Marguerite Porter, Stephen Jefferies, Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope, among many others.


Paris Opera Ballet School

It was inaugurated in the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV in 1713. Located in Paris, this ballet school is the ballet company of the Paris Opera or the “Palais Garnier”.

The ballet career is taught at six levels; it is a multidisciplinary course that in addition to the different dance classes (classical, character, contemporary, jazz and popular), offers additional classes of music, mime, theater, dance history, anatomy and physical preparation. To enter you will have to face a period of training and when you reach the end, you have to take an exam to enter the school. Children can only enter with ages between 8-11 years, this program has a duration of 6 months, is considered among the strictest schools for children and adults in the world.

Throughout history they have trained great dancers such as Aurélie Dupont, Laurent Hilarie, Manuel Legris, Monique Loudiéres.


Brent Street School

Founded in Australia in 1986. Dedicated to the development of dancers in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, singing, drama and acrobatics, it now has modern dance studios, a theatre and a recording studio.

It has more than a thousand students and is the first dance school in Australia.


International Ballet Academy in Salzburg

Located in Austria, she offers training in classical, contemporary, jazz and choreographic styles. The mission of this school is to redefine the personal skills of the young dancer and improve the experience in development through the production of four galas a year.


Joffrey Dance Academy

It was founded in 1953, with more than 50 years of experience, offers training at child, adult and professional levels. It is a contemporary ballet school with offices in Chicago and New York.

It offers training in both classical ballet (technique, tips, variations, pas de deux, classes for boys) and contemporary ballet (technique, improvisation, partnering), as well as modern dance, character, choreography, dance history, Pilates and yoga. There are also summer courses.



It is a historical reference point as far as musical training is concerned, dance is no exception. Characterized by having university and pre-university divisions in jazz, tap, contemporary, among others.


Kirov Ballet Academy

Located in Washington D.C., it offers part-time and full-time training to students ages 7 to 12. It has its own academic and residential program.


Dublin National School of Art Development

Founded in the early 1990s, located in Ireland. It offers training in drama, dance and singing for all ages, among its classes there are workshops of street dance, Bollywood, hip-hop, funk, musical theater, among others.

Vaganova Ballet Academy

Founded in 1738 in St. Petersburg, Russia, it is known as the National Theatre School. From this school were created great 19th century classics such as: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker are part of the classical works created by Marius Petipa. Christian Johansson, Enrico Cecchetti, Charles Didelot have also taught. He has endeavoured to preserve and renew the best traditional of the classical heritage.

It has more than 340 estuaries, and competition for a place in the school is fierce. The requirements for the dance class at the academy are very strict: thousands of children try to enter the academy every year, and only about 70 do. But, in addition, of these, only 30 manage to finish the severe curriculum.

Famous dancers have emerged from this school such as: Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsávina, Natalia Makarova, Vasvay Nijinsky, Michel Fokine, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikoy. And some bllet legends such as Diana Vishneva and Ulyana Lopatkina.


American Ballet School

Founded in 1934 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, it is associated with The New York City Ballet, when students have finished training they can enter the company. Approximately 20 students each year sign contracts with companies in the United States and around the world.

It has a quarterly course in winter and also one in summer. In addition, it is associated with the Prix de Lausanne; in this way, scholarships are awarded to young people as a prize for having won this recognized international indalo-contest.


School of the National Ballet of Cuba

Founded in Cuba in 1950. It has approximately 4350 students, most of whom become part of the Cuban National Ballet. It has the particularity of being free, but its access is not easy at all.

It also provides training for foreign students with intermediate and advanced levels, good directors, international ballet workshops in the world, vocational ballet workshops for children and young people (5-16 years) and ballet assembly for children in schools.

Dancers who have left this academy, we have Jose Manuel Carreño, Carlos Acosta, Xiomara Reyes, among many others.


Milan Scala School

Founded in 1813. Offers eight-year studies of orientation to the standards of international dance companies. Also offers a two-year course for dance teachers. A course for children from 5 to 10 years old and a series of summer courses.

Its teachings are based on a mixture of the Italian method with those of the Russian, French and English ballet. Dancers such as Massimo Murri, Alessandra Ferri, among others, have graduated from this school.

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