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In-school ballet workshops

Our highly experienced Education Teaching Artists put the fun into the fundamentals of ballet, coming to your school to deliver safe, educative and inclusive dance experiences. Workshops are available for Kindergarten through to Year 12, and use dance as a vehicle to explore cross-curricular subject areas in Literacy, Numeracy, Physics, STEAM and Humanities & Social Sciences, complementing the teaching and learning currently taking place in Queensland classrooms.

Regional schools can register for a free workshop in their school for 2023 shortly!

In-School Workshops


​Workshops are available for Kindergarten through to Year 12 students, covering a range of learning outcomes linking to the Early Years Learning Framework, Australian Curriculum and Senior Dance Syllabus.

These workshops use dance as a vehicle to explore cross-curricular subject areas in literacy, numeracy, physics, STEAM and humanities & social sciences, complementing the teaching and learning currently taking place in Queensland classrooms.

#Workshop types

Ballet Moves

Bringing a narrative to life

Movement concepts are introduced in a playful and creative way through the exploration of Queensland Ballet's Peter and the Wolf, igniting imaginations and bringing the narrative to life.

Peter & the Wolf

Prep - Year 1
Storytelling through movement

Students will explore characters from Queensland Ballet's Peter & the Wolf using shape, space, levels and dynamics to bring the narrative to life through movement.

Moving to Learn

Years 2 - 4
Learning the basics of coding through dance

Based on instructional and directional language, this creative dance workshop explores the connection between how we can program a robot to move and how we can instruct or choreograph our bodies to move in specific ways.

Students will be challenged and engaged in this interactive dance and STEAM workshop where pathways, directions, shape and dimension will be explored.

The Nutcracker Repertoire

Years 2 – 6
Dancing through cultures

During this workshop students will focus on how space (dimension, level, size and floor pathways), time (tempo), dynamics (movement qualities) and choreographic devices (repetition and motif) reflect the cultural influences of adapted repertoire from The Nutcracker.

In small group-based choreographic activities, students will also use different Queensland Ballet Flashcards to manipulate the learnt repertoire.

Lest We Forget

Years 3 - 6
Dancing through history

This workshop explores the theme of war through repertoire selected and adapted from Queensland Ballet's 2016 triple bill, which draws from ballet and contemporary genres.

Students will be guided through choreographic activities that will assist in creating their own, unique movements, providing opportunities for them to develop creativity and problem-solving skills.

Dance the Painting

Primary years 3 – 6
Secondary years 7 – 12

This workshop explores the connection between artwork and dance, inspired by a selection of paintings created by Judy Watson. The workshop will explore movement sequences and the connection to design, inspired by a short video of Watson describing her paintings.

Students will draw descriptive words from this video to create their own individual artwork, which will then be turned into a movement phrase.

The content has been developed by Queensland Ballet in consultation with the contemporary Australian Indigenous art faculty at Griffith University.

Ballet History & Technique

Years 7 - 12
The ideal introductory ballet workshop

The history and evolution of ballet will be incorporated into the teaching of this ballet technique workshop, adapted for various age level or dance experience.

Students will build on their technique and ballet vocabulary throughout the class to culminate in the learning of three pieces of adapted repertoire from different eras.


Years 7 - 12
The physics of ballet

Students will be guided through the basics of partnering, exploring counterbalance, base of support, centre of gravity and weight sharing. These skills will then be integrated into the learning of a duet from a modern ballet from Queensland Ballet’s repertoire.

Choreographic & Movement Analysis

Year 10 - 12
Unpack the detail behind creation

Students will explore choreographic intent through the analysis of both traditional classical ballet literal storytelling and contemporary abstract portrayal.

Students will learn a piece of repertoire and then create their own movement sequence based on stimulus from contemporary Queensland Ballet productions.

#School Immersion workshops

School Immersion workshops are held at Thomas Dixon Centre, and provide a unique learning opportunity where students can go beyond the stage.

Duration: 40 – 60 minutes

Location: Queensland wide at schools, kindergartens or community halls

Cost: Download information about fees and special package prices here.

Teacher Professional Development: Teachers' participation in our experiences can contribute towards their continuing professional development. Find out more here.

Register your interest in a workshop

Underpinned by evidence-based research and in partnership with the AllPlay Dance, Deakin University, Queensland Ballet's Education Teaching Artists are trained to work with students of all abilities to ensure our workshops are inclusive and accessible to all. 

We welcome bookings for Special Education Programs and Special Schools. There is space to provide more information on how we can best cater to your students on the registration form. 

Meet our teaching artists

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Terms and conditions

Be sure to read our terms and conditions for in-school workshops before you register.

Online school workshops

If you're in a regional or interstate location, or just need an agile solution for learning, you can now bring Queensland Ballet school dance workshops to your students virtually!

Regional workshops

Queensland Ballet offers free workshops to schools and communities in locations along our regional tour itinerary.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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