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Gay Wightman School Of Ballet

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Our History

Our History

The opening of the Gay Wightman School of Ballet marked the introduction to the eastern suburbs of classical ballet based on the finest tradition of training in the acclaimed Russian methods. The school rapidly grew to be one of Melbourne’s acknowledged balletic training centers, with unprecedented success as a private dance institution. This success has been maintained for 50 years.

Gay Wightman was Borovansky trained under the tutelage of Xenia Borovansky, Martin Rubinstein, Janina Ciunovas and other prominent teachers during the fifties. She opened her school in the absence of any company activity due to the death of Edouard Borovansky. By the time the Company reformed as the Australian Ballet Company, her school had grown to a very prestigious level and she decided against abandoning her students to further a promising professional career. Gay joined Madam Borovansky in the establishment of the Australian based Borovansky Memorial Australian Academy of Dancing (BMAAD) examination society.

Over the years a large number of our graduate students have auditioned successfully into the Australian Ballet School and Company, many others dance professionally with International companies. Gay Wightman’s daughter Alisa Finney took over as Principal of the school in 1991.


What a wonderful performance it was! Such a unique show and I just loved everything about it, from the fun pre-show to the very entertaining Nutcracker.
I can imagine how much work goes into the whole thing and I thank you and your wonderful team for all of your efforts.
Pearl had such an amazing day & evening and will remember it for a long time to come, thanks again"

-- Sharon Drieberg

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July 19, 2018

Look at these beaming faces! Congratulations girls on outstanding ballet exam results! Pictured are ...

July 14, 2018

I hope that everyone is enjoying the last weekend of the school holidays. Classes start back on Mond...

July 6, 2018

Lana is having an incredible time in New York at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive. We are so proud o...

July 5, 2018

Lana pictured on the Brooklyn Bridge New York! Lana has had a wonderful first week at Alvin Ailey su...

June 30, 2018

An incredibly excited Aurelia from Grade 4 ballet, getting to not only go backstage at the Russian B...

Melbourne Ballet Company
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North Balwyn VIC Australia 3104

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