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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.


Congrats on an amazing show, we really appreciate the time and effort it takes to put on such a mammoth production. It was spectacular and one that the girls will remember forever. Well done to all."

-- Mel Yiappos & family

Latest News

January 15, 2019

So proud of the incredible work these beautiful girls did in our ADA Student Teacher Education Progr...

January 3, 2019

Lucky I had lots of preparation in our Snowflakes scene with the falling snow for my minus 15 degree...

December 31, 2018

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a safe and very happy New Year from all of us at GWSB and MBC 🎉...

December 30, 2018

Congratulations to Alyssa and Lana for winning a prestigious external ADA ballet scholarship for int...

December 24, 2018

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas xx

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

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Telephone: (03) 9857 5405
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