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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 an outstanding performance. Very proud of you all."

-- Sophia Marinou

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May 24, 2019

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May 24, 2019

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May 18, 2019

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May 18, 2019

Huge congratulations to our entire cast of Technical Demonstration 2019! I am so incredibly proud of...

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

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