Australia’s most talented young dancers take to the stage, Melbourne

The Australian Ballet School
Students of the The Australian Ballet School

The Australian Ballet school are returning to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2012 to showcase the next generation of gifted young dancers in the Morning Melodies series.

On Tuesday 29 May, students from The Australian Ballet school will present a varied program of both classical and contemporary works on the stage of the State Theatre at 11:00am and 1:30pm.

As Australia’s national centre for elite vocational classical dance, The Australian Ballet School produces performers of a high calibre for their parent company (The Australian Ballet) and many other companies around the world.

The three works on display for the 2012 Morning Melodies concert are:

Les Sylphides

Choreographer: Michel Fokine

Music: Frédéric Chopin

Restaged by: Dale Baker and Joanne Michel

A romantic ‘white’ ballet based on a poetic atmosphere, soft music and translucent white costumes. Performed by the Level 7 and 8 students, the ballet brings together exquisite artistry with the inspired musical interpretation of Emeritas Artist, Emma Lippa.

Grande Tarantelle

Choreographer: Leigh Rowles

Music: Louis Moreau Gottschalk (Grande Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra)

This is a vigorous, lively piece, presenting virtuoso technical skills artistically expressed through music. Harnessed with the disciplines of classical technique, the students infuse this choreography with their natural energy and vigour.

Symphony in D

Choreographer: Jiří Kylián

Music: Joseph Haydn (Symphony No 101 ‘The Clock’/I-III), (Symphony No 72 ‘The Hunt’/IV).

Costumes: Jiří Kylián

Commenting on the world of dance, its obsession with the image of the ballerina and the remoteness of beauty, Kylián’s choreography humorously explores the imperfections of a seemingly perfect art from like ballet.  Kylián is a Czech-born dancer and former artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theatre, whose work is regularly stage around the world.


Arts Centre Melbourne presents Morning Melodies: The Australian Ballet School

Tuesday 29 May, 11am & 1.30pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

$19, $ 16 groups 10+

For bookings and information visit or phone 1300 182 183.

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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