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.

Australian Ballet School (Southbank, Victoria)

Image of a male and female ballet dancers on stage with blue background.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.

 

Australian National Academy of Music (South Melbourne, Victoria)

Image of three string players. Could be violin, viola and cello. All sitting on a circular stage with chairs surrounding. There is no audience sitting in the chairs. The image is blurred by movement of the musicians.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


 

Australian Youth Orchestra (Sydney, NSW)

Image of the string section of the Australian Youth Orchestra showing cellos, violas and double bass players.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

 

 

Flying Fruit Fly Circus (Albury, NSW)

Image of  children acting.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

 

NAISDA Dance College (Mt Penang, Gosford, NSW)

Image of five female dancers on stage. Blue background with blue tone images of two people.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

National Institute of Circus Arts (Prahran, Victoria)

Image of male standing on one leg with the other leg raised at hip height under a pole that sits horizontally to the ground.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

 

National Institute of Dramatic Art (Kensington, NSW)

Image of a man on one knee holding a female horizontally off the ground.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