The Ballet Society VIC Logo black

Level 4/2 Kavanagh Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: +61 3 9669 2591

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society SA Logo black

PO Box 101
Kensington Park SA 5068

Phone: +61 478 034 579

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society NSW Logo black

The Arts Exchange Building
Level 4, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9252 7322

Office Hours: Monday to Friday

The Ballet Society VIC Logo black

Level 4/2 Kavanagh Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: +61 3 9669 2591

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society SA Logo black

PO Box 101
Kensington Park SA 5068

Phone: +61 478 034 579

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 2.00pm

The Ballet Society NSW Logo black

The Arts Exchange Building
Level 4, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

PO Box 61
Millers Point NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9252 7322

Office Hours: Monday to Friday

About The Ballet Society

The Ballet Society nurtures and supports a diverse membership and community of ballet lovers, to encourage, inspire and share the appreciation of ballet.

About Us

The Ballet Society supports The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School. We  nurture and support a community of ballet lovers, to encourage, inspire, educate and share the appreciation of ballet through engagement, special events and unique behind the scenes experiences. This engagement is made available through membership of the Society, and through our special relationship with the Company and the School for over 50 years.  We have contributed significant financial support, scholarships, artist exchange, and sponsorships and were the original philanthropic force for the Company.

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Don Quixote 3. Dancer: Marcus Morelli, Photo: Simon Eeles
Dancer: Benedicte Bemet, Photo: Pierre Toussaint

History

The 1960s was a decade of excitement for ballet and dance in Australia. Following the establishment of The Australian Ballet (1962) and The Australian Ballet School (1964), The Australian Ballet Society in Victoria was formed to support both organisations in February 1966, .

Friends of the Australian Ballet was formed in 1973.

In South Australia, The Australian Ballet Forum was co-founded by Beverley Brown and the late Lorna Hurford on Tuesday 28 January 1992 at Chesser Cellars, Adelaide, when more than one hundred enthusiasts of ballet and dance gathered to celebrate the formation of a support organisation for dance in Adelaide. The Forum was established in response to the enthusiasm of ballet lovers in South Australia, to fulfill their need and desire for a local organisation to support the national company on its annual visits, as well as to stimulate interest in and support for all aspects of dance. In 1997, in response to a request from the management of The Australian Ballet, the name Friends of The Australian Ballet (S.A.) Inc. was adopted to assist with the marketing of auxiliary groups around Australia.

In 2022, the three support organisations in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, changed their name to The Ballet Society.

State Histories

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VICTORIA

The 1960s was a decade of excitement for ballet and dance in Australia. Following the establishment of The Australian Ballet (1962) and The Australian Ballet School (1964), The Ballet Society, Victoria officially commenced its support of both organisations in February 1966 – and still continues 55 years later! The late Dame Peggy Van Praagh, founding Artistic Director of the Company, and Dame Margaret Scott, founding Director of the School, needed financial and practical help. To meet those needs a group of ballet lovers from around Melbourne formed The Ballet Society, Victoria and set about raising funds and initially providing the basic essentials such as washing machine and dryers. Since 1966, The Ballet Society, Victoria has donated directly over $7 million, provided immeasurable hours of volunteer work and is responsible for the funding, staff and administration of The Dancers’ Deli as a service to the students, dancers, support staff and other tenants of The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre.

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NEW SOUTH WALES

The Ballet Society, New South Wales, nurtures and supports a diverse membership and community of ballet lovers, to encourage, inspire and share the appreciation of ballet. The Ballet Society exists to support The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School, through financial support and scholarships, whilst making ballet more accessible and generating engagement and community for our members. We are a not-for-profit organisation that has been connecting members and inspiring ballet audiences for almost 50 years. With an experienced Council, a dynamic member services team and established volunteer program, The Ballet Society, New South Wales creates and delivers an exciting program of ticketed events and communications.

Swan Lake

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Australian Ballet Forum was co-founded by Beverley Brown and the late Lorna Hurford on Tuesday 28 January 1992 at Chesser Cellars, Adelaide, when more than one hundred enthusiasts of ballet and dance gathered to celebrate the formation of a support organisation for dance in Adelaide. The Forum was established in response to the enthusiasm of ballet lovers in South Australia, to fulfill their need and desire for a local organisation to support the national company on its annual visits, as well as to stimulate interest in and support for all aspects of dance. In 1997, in response to a request from the management of The Australian Ballet, the name Friends of The Australian Ballet (S.A.) Inc. was adopted to assist with the marketing of auxiliary groups around Australia. In 2022, the Friends of The Australian Ballet (SA) changed its name to The Ballet Society, South Australia.