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Ballet in Sydney


Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a standout venue in which to watch the majesty of talented dancers unfold on stage. It’s a key performance space for the Australian Ballet with acoustics so refined you’ll hear the delicate squeak of the dancers’ shoes in every pirouette.

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Sydney Ballet and Dance Concerts

Australian ballet and dance concerts

You don’t have to look far to uncover Sydney’s cultural side, with world-class traditional ballet and modern dance troupes gracing some of the city’s most impressive stages.

The esteemed Australian Ballet performs a repertoire spanning classical and contemporary ballets from Australian and international choreographers. In Sydney, the company performs at the Sydney Opera House in the grand Joan Sutherland Theatre. If you’ve loved a performance and yearn to see more, book in for an Introduction to Ballet session to see the dancers of the Australian Ballet demonstrate their daily training schedule on stage, answer questions and perform.

The Sydney Dance Company has mesmerised audiences the world over with its contemporary performances. Watch a performance at Sydney Theatre or take part in one of the popular dance classes in one of Sydney Dance Company’s studios overlooking the spectacular Sydney Harbour.

For a dose of Australia that meshes ancient history and modern culture, the Bangarra Dance Theatre is a must-see. These entertaining and often emotional performances tell the stories of Indigenous Australians through innovative movement and music. The 14-member dance ensemble is based at Sydney’s Walsh Bay, with dancers hailing from across Australia and the Torres Strait islands. To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, the company will tour nationally with the production of Patyegarang, an inspirational journey of a potent Indigenous spirit alive in Australia’s past and present. Watch it at the Sydney Opera House from 13 June to 5 July.

Be sure to keep an eye on upcoming classic ballet and modern dance events at the State Theatre. This magnificent theatre, with its opulent fusion of Gothic, Italian and Art deco design makes an occasion of any performance. Touring international dance troupes are just some of the treasures you’ll discover at this historic performance space.