The course for Classical Ballet Instructors – Diploma Course
10 January 2019
he Ballet School is the name under which the Accademia Teatro alla Scala contains the eight years required for the training of professional dancers. Founded in 1813 by Benedetto Ricci - inside the Teatro alla Scala - from 2006 to 2017 it was directed by Frédéric Olivieri, current Director of the Ballet Corp of Teatro alla Scala.


Secular Tradition

The school has surpassed the milestone of two hundred years of activity and has seen the succession of prestigious masters and famous dancers such as Carlo Blasis, Olga Preobrajenska, Enrico Cecchetti, Cia Fornaroli, Ettorina Mazzucchelli, Esmée Bulnes, Elide Bonagiunta, John Field, Anna Maria Prina. Countless former students who have embarked on a career full of successes, from Carla Fracci to Liliana Cosi, from Luciana Savignano to Oriella Dorella, from Paola Cantalupo to Marco Pierin to Gilda Gelati, to the stars of today Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru, Sara Renda , Sabrina Brazzo, Alessio Carbone, Gabriele Corrado, Mara Galeazzi, Vito Mazzeo, Marta Romagna, Nicoletta Manni, Rebecca Bianchi, and young promises Angelo Greco, Jacopo Tissi, Virna Toppi.


Dual Diploma

Today, the school allows dancers to get a dual diploma in classical-academic and modern-contemporary ballet. The School prepares dancers of a very high professional level, able to fit in the most popular companies in Italy and abroad, first of all the La Scala Corps de Ballet. After the junior high school, from 2017 the students can attend a high school, which offers a superior experimental route specially designed for them.



The intensification, in recent years, of meetings and seminars with internationally renowned choreographers and dancers has further enriched the already profound and rigorous preparation. Moreover, the granting of choreography to the school of the contemporary repertoire of artists such as George Balanchine, Mats Ek, Jiří Kylian, to name a few, interpreted in major Italian and European theaters, has further expanded the knowledge of the repertoire of the students.

Recap 2019/20

Teaching staff

Frédéric Olivieri - Supervisor
Maurizio Vanadia - Artistic director
Giorgio Galanti - School director

- Loreta Alexandrescu
- Tatiana Nikonova
- Giulia Rossitto
- Elisa Scala
- Paola Vismara
- Vera Karpenko
- Jean Philippe Halnaut
- Leonid Nikonov
- Emanuela Tagliavia
- Antonella Stroppa
- Romeo Cuturi
- Francesca Pedroni
- Andrea Massimo Grassi
- Barbara Biondi
- Massimo Ciarella
- Svetlana Chernova
- Gianna Eremeeva
- Eliana Grasso
- Marco Paderni
- Irene Pavinato
- ArtanTushi
- Omar De Bartolomeo (Medico Chirurgo, Specialista in Ortopedia e Traumatologia PhD in Scienze Morfologiche)
- Sara Benedetti (Dr. in Physiotherapy)
- Romeo Cuturi (Dr. in Physiotherapy and Dr. in Sports and Dr.jn Motor Science and Sports)
the complete path of the Ballet School lasts 8 years, each one from September to June. An exam is given at the end of each year. If admitted, all pupils are admitted for one academic year only and must reapply for following years.
Mandatory, from Monday to Friday for courses from 1 to 5 and from Monday to Saturday for subsequent courses. For courses 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade the frequency is during afternoon; for courses from the 4th to the 7th, the frequency is approximately from 9 to 15.30. Any absences must be justified and not exceed 25% of the scheduled hours. If contrary there might be applied penalty, exclusion from the course, unless motivated by the College Teachers and the Directorate of the Academy.
Prerequisites for admission
Candidates attending the fifth grade of elementary school in the 2018/2019 school year can register for the 1st admission exam. Candidates who have the preparation to allow them to be admitted to the course corresponding to their age, in relation to the secondary school class attended can enroll in the admission exam for courses from the 2nd to the 7th. Candidates for the 7th course must not have completed eighteen years of age on the date of Friday, 31st August 2019.
To be admitted to the Ballet School it is necessary to support one proof of selection articulated in different moments. For the candidates for the 1st course, a physical-aptitude exam that involves the execution of simple exercises with the help of the school's lecturers, in which the talents and aptitudes of the individual candidate are assessed. It is not necessary to have studied ballet because the program starts from technical fundamentals.
For the candidates from the 2nd to 7th courses, a physical-technical examination aptitude that includes:
- partial or total execution, at the discretion of the Examining committee, of a dance lesson classical-academic related to the program of the course corresponding to the candidate's age;
- the execution of any technical legacies contemporary (only for candidates for admission to 6th and 7th courses).
- After the first exam, all candidates must therefore undergo an orthopedic and cardiological medical examination, handing over the document to the Medical Commission "Data summary transmitted" generated online in phase of registration to the selections, printed and signed in original by both parents and any medical documentation prior that it can be useful for the selection.
- Foreign candidates must present the aforementioned medical documentation translated into Italian or English. Further details may be requested during the medical examination diagnostics to be submitted by 28 May 2019.
- Candidates from 1st to 3rd courses, after the first two exams, will enter the trial period, with compulsory attendance, from Monday to Saturday. The frequency is predominantly afternoon from Monday to Friday and morning on Saturday.
Ballet School of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala - Milan | Accademia Teatro alla Scala - Milan.
Registration fee to the selection of € 100 + attendance fees to be paid with a Bank SDD (SEPA Direct Debit) . Please, read carefully the official Announcement for all the details about fees and tuitions, as for scolarships and exemptions available for admitted pupils. Please, read carefully the official brochures for fees details.You can find the fee of the course by downloading the brochure.
Frequent Questions
Application Deadline
Within 12 April 2019
Application form not available at the moment