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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.

I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Nutcracker with a Twist' Everyone danced beautifully and the choreography was very clever - well done to you all."

-- Jenny Senior

Latest News

October 19, 2017

Day 4 of photo week! We are all having the most fantastic week with Studio 430 Photography! Can’t...

October 17, 2017

Our beautiful VCE/VET Dance girls after internal Solo assessments at Kew Renaissance Theatre. Congra...

October 16, 2017

Some of our beautiful junior ballet solo girls backstage at Kew Renaissance Theatre after performing...

October 16, 2017

Photo week is off and running! Huge thank you to all the wonderful Studio 430 Photography staff for...

October 15, 2017

Eliza, Chloe, Meg, Alexandra and Mabel warming up on stage before solo night performance! Don’t th...

Melbourne Ballet Company
1st Floor 309, Doncaster Road
North Balwyn VIC Australia 3104

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