Arts training bodies
The national elite performing arts training organisations are supported by the Australian Government to promote artistic and cultural excellence through the provision of elite training across a range of performing art forms. Successive Australian Governments have provided operational funding to the elite performing arts organisations for over 30 years.
Together with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, these organisations comprise ARTS8—the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence.
The Australian Ballet School (ABS) provides full-time training of the highest standard for young people seeking a career in classical dance.
Image title: Australian Ballet School (Southbank, Victoria)
Image credit: Hannah O'Neill and Joseph Chapman. Photo by Sergey Konstantinov.
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) provides young musicians aspiring to national and international careers, particularly as solo artists, with performance training at the highest level.
Image title: Australian National Academy of Music (South Melbourne, Victoria)
Image credit: Australian National Academy of Music, Photographer: Pia Johnson
The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) has a long history of training exceptionally gifted and dedicated young musicians from their early secondary years up to their early twenties.
Image title: Australian Youth Orchestra (Sydney, NSW)
Image credit: Australian Youth Orchestra, Photographer: Mute Souvenir, Kai Beinert
The Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) provides high quality circus training for primary and secondary school students and tours professional standard contemporary circus performances.
Image title: Flying Fruit Fly Circus (Albury, NSW)
Image credit: Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Photographer: Ben Simpson
The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College provides Indigenous youth with the opportunity to undertake contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance training.
Image title: NAISDA Dance College (Mt Penang, Gosford, NSW)
Image credit: NAISDA Dance College
The National Institute of Circus Art (NICA) delivers innovative and high quality training that prepares students for national and international careers in the circus arts and physical theatre industry.
Image title: National Institute of Circus Arts (Prahran, Victoria)
Image credit: Adam O'Connor-McMahon. Photographer: Francesca-Siska
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) trains exceptionally gifted young people for careers in theatre, film and television, as actors, directors, designers and production/technical staff.
Image title: National Institute of Dramatic Art (Kensington, NSW)
Image credit: Trojan Women 2012 © NIDA, Photographer: Olivia Martin-McGuire