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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.

Congratulations, it was a wonderful concert and Sharon was breathtaking as always. I have been reminding Maddie every week how lucky she is to be seeing Sharon dance in all those rehearsals.  Truly inspiring for all the girls."

-- Belinda Hill

Latest News

December 9, 2017

A lovely concert day memory! Our Saturday 9.40am ballet class looking so pretty in Midnight Waltz at...

December 8, 2017

This beautiful smile says it all! Gorgeous Eva was the winner of the GWSB four year old jazz encoura...

December 6, 2017

Some of our adorable Level Two Melbourne Ballet Company Coaching Class students at awards night with...

December 6, 2017

Huge congratulations to Grade Five ballet student Chloe Pace for winning our very prestigious Marjor...

December 5, 2017

Congratulations to Pre Elementary student Eliza Toll for winning the GWSB Sue Wang Memorial Scholars...

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

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