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Gay Wightman
School Of Ballet

Established in 1960, Gay Wightman School of Ballet is one of the leading dance institutions in Melbourne. Our respected, professionally-led school teaches ballet and dance to students of all ages in a positive and welcoming environment.

About Our Studio

Our newly refurbished studios are located in Balwyn North in Melbourne’s North East, Gay Wightman School of Ballet was opened by Gay Wightman in 1960 and quickly built a reputation as a prestigious dance institution. 

Sixty years later, the school is still known for producing professional dancers thanks to its high standards of teaching. 

Now sharing lessons across disciplines, we welcome students of all ages, from those who wish to pursue a professional career to young dancers who want to enjoy a healthy hobby with their friends. 

With a range of lessons and special programs on offer, plus many opportunities to perform onstage throughout the year, we are proud to be one of the most professional, well-rounded dance schools in the Melbourne area.

Professional Studios
To adult Students of all ages
Weekly Classes

Dance Is the Hidden Language of the Soul


Gay Wightman School of Ballet aims to provide the highest level of dance education and excellence to our students in an inspiring, nurturing and professional environment.

We provide the best service through our outstanding teaching team, clear communication and extensive student opportunities.

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Our vision is to share and spread the benefits of a dance education. 

Classes at Gay Wightman School of Ballet are not only fun for children, they help build coordination while encouraging a sense of rhythm, fitness, musicality and self-expression.

Students master important self-discipline skills as they grow their confidence and abilities.

We inspire our students to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.


Our teachers, students and their families value the following: 

Quality and Expertise: To ensure training is safe and at the highest standards.

Community: To foster a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment amongst staff and students.

Respect, Integrity & Honesty: So every student knows they are a valued and important part of our studio.

Education and continuous learning: So our standards are able to continually improve.Positivity: So each student leaves class feeling good about themselves and what they can achieve.

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Alisa Finney

Our Director

Alisa took over as Artistic Director of Gay Wightman School of Ballet after her mother Gay retired in 1991. With experience in marketing and business management as well as considerable expertise in ballet training and dance administration, Alisa maintained the school’s reputation for excellence while expanding the dance training on offer.

A graduate of the Australian Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and Director of the Melbourne Ballet Company, Alisa is a respected and sought after member of the Australian dance community.

Despite leading a highly professional dance school, Alisa endeavours to get to know each student. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for dance with as many young dancers as possible.