National and International Competitions

TPA has a long history of training and coaching students for national and international competitions including The Prix de Lausanne, Youth America Grand Prix, Genee International Ballet Competition, Beijing International Ballet Competition, Asian Grand Prix, Lucie Saranova Awards, RAD Isobel Anderson Awards and Bursaries, and Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Full Time Students are also supported in entering solo events in major and reputable Eisteddfods.

Sydney City Ballet Company

Full Time students benefit from a professional-level stage experience by performing with The Sydney City Ballet. Founded in 1971 by Tanya Pearson OAM, the Company (formerly known as Sydney City Youth Ballet) was established to provide the essential stage experience and opportunity for students to perform full length ballets alongside professional guest artists and working with professional directors and choreographers. TPA students are provided with the opportunity to perform regularly in SCB annual seasons of The Nutcracker at The Concourse Theatre Chatswood, as well as other productions including Together Live with The Sydney Youth Orchestra. The SCB performs in Sydney as well as touring to regional venues.

Professional Company Experience

The Tanya Pearson Academy celebrates its close affiliation with The Australian Ballet and is invited regularly to submit students to perform with The Australian Ballet in their Sydney seasons. In recent years TPA students have performed with The Australian Ballet in Neumeier’s Nijinsky, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus, Alice, and The Story of Clara, Swan Lake.  TPA students may be invited to join Company Classes with professional companies.

Performance Opportunities

All Full Time students have the opportunity to perform in the TPA Eisteddfod Groups, providing essential corps de ballet experience and stage experience. TPA Full Time students are regularly invited to perform at events and activities such as the Friends of the Australian Ballet annual High Tea with David McAllister and other charity events or balls.

International Auditions

The Tanya Pearson Academy has been conducting overseas audition tours since the early 1980s and has built strong relationships with directors of the leading selective academies throughout the world. The Academy continues to tour on a regular basis as well as facilitating private visits, intensives and auditions for its students throughout the world. Pre-Professional students are guided and prepared for company level auditions and provided with career guidance and assistance.


Due to its international reputation, the Tanya Pearson Academy regularly welcomes international guest teachers to its studios. In the past 12 months, the Academy has welcomed the following directors who have conducted classes and provided coaching to TPA students:

  • Maina Gielgud – International Director, Ballet Mistress, Coach
  • Fiona Tonkin – Artistic Associate and Principal Coach – The Australian Ballet
  • Aaron Watkin – Director of the SempOper Company Dresden
  • Jason Beechey – Director of Palucca Schule, Dresden
  • Corey Baker – International Choreographer and Director of Choreography
  • Veronika Part – Former Principal Artist, ABT
  • Iratxe Ansa – International Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher
  • Verity Jacobsen – Artist, Ballet Preljocaj
  • Daniel Baker – Former Twyla Tharpe Company, San Francisco Ballet & Miami City Ballet.


“I feel inspired by the students and have a deep desire to pass on all I know to them so they can be their best every day and achieve their dreams.”

Lucinda Dunn OAM Artistic Director


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