The internationally renowned Tanya Pearson Academy was established by Tanya Pearson OAM more than 45 years ago and has produced many graduates of international acclaim. In 2014, Lucinda Dunn OAM (The Australian Ballet’s longest serving ballerina and former Tanya Pearson student) was appointed Artistic Director and has built on the Academy’s reputation as a leading world-class ballet Academy.

The Academy is proud of its highly respected teachers and 5 studio facilities located in Sydney’s lower North Shore at St Leonards, well serviced by public transport.

The Tanya Pearson Academy runs a successful selective Part Time Academy for students seeking quality classical ballet training, as well as a Full Time Academy that offers world-class training and education for students wishing to pursue a professional career in ballet and dance.

Many of the Academy’s students have gained success in world competitions such as the Prix de Lausanne, Genee International Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix. The Academy has produced numerous Genee Gold Medallists, YAGP Winners and Finalists, Alana Haines Awards NZ Winners, AICD Houston Ballet Scholarship Winners, Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Ballet Scholarship Winners and Finalists to name just a few.

Students of the Academy are regularly offered places and scholarships the world’s leading selective schools such as The Royal Ballet School UK, John Cranko School Stuttgart, Hamburg Ballet School, Houston Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Royal Conservatoire Den Haag, and Palucca Schule Dresden. The Academy also provides Pre-Professional training for students wanting to remain studying in Australia with the option of joining one of Australia’s professional companies such as The Australian Ballet, WA Ballet, and Queensland Ballet.

The Academy offers regular holiday school workshops and master classes with local and international guest teachers.

The Academy shares a close affiliation with the Sydney City Ballet, providing opportunities for students to perform with professional guest artists, choreographers and directors, gaining the invaluable theatre and stage experience required for a professional career.


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