la classe degli insegnanti di danza alla sbarra
First level diploma course for classical ballet instructors




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, Martina Arduino.



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.

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Recap 2023-24

Curricular Units and Teachers
- Classical, En pointe, repertoire (Tatiana Nikonova, Giulia Rossitto, Elisa Scala, Paola Vismara)
- Classical, repertoire, male technique, pas de deux (Jean Philippe Halnaut, Walter Madau, Leonid Nikonov)
- Contemporary (Emanuela Tagliavia)
- Pilates (Antonella Stroppa)
- Preventive physiotherapy (Sara Benedetti)
- Athletic preparation (Romeo Cuturi)
- History of Dance (Francesca Pedroni)
- Music theory and practice for dance (Ferdinando Sulla)
- Music history (Andrea Massimo Grassi).

Pianists: Massimo Ciarella, Svetlana Chernova, Federico Costa, Gianna Eremeeva, Tomoko Murakoshi, Marco Paderni, Artan Tushi

Medical staff: Omar De Bartolomeo, Surgeon, Specialist in Orthopedics and Traumatology, PhD in Morphological Sciences, Sara Benedetti, Romeo Cuturi, Physiotherapy
Length and attendance
The full Ballet School course covers eight years. At the end of each of the first seven years, the students must pass a final exam in order to be admitted to the following year. At the end of the 8 level, students have the diploma exam.
School years run from September to June.

The attendance is mandatory, Monday through Friday for levels 1–5 and Monday through Saturday for higher levels.
Levels 1–3 meet in the afternoon; levels 4–7 meet from 9 am to 3:30 pm.
Admission Requisites
Candidates attending the fifth grade of elementary school during academic year 2022-2023 may apply for admission to Course Level 1 of the Academy Ballet School.
Course Level 1 starts from the basics; no previous dance experience is necessary.

Candidates who have the proper preparation for the course level corresponding to their age group and school level may apply for admission to Course Levels 2–7 (see below).

Candidates are only admitted to level 8 via internal promotion.
Selection Process
Candidates for admission to the Ballet School must pass a selection process consisting of an audition and a medical exam.
Candidates must accept all provisions contained into the course announcement to be admitted to the selection process. Please, read the announcement for all the details.

The selection path for courses 1 to 3 is different from the other courses.
You can click here for all the video-instructions for courses first, second and third.
(Not applicable to external students)
The Academy makes every effort to assist worthy aspirants with financial aid to meet tuition costs. Various options are available, including scholarships, student loans, or tuition exemptions. After the student has passed the selection process, requests for financial aid shall be submitted at the time of enrollment in the 2023-2024 academic year, including the family’s equivalent financial status indicator (ISEE form, as of July 31, 2023).
Financial aid cannot be guaranteed to every family requesting it. The Academy will evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis.
Please, find ont the official announcement all the details.
International students and Italian residing abroad
Candidates who pass the selection process and are not residents of an EU member state must submit all documents required by law and by the Italian Public Security Authorities (temporary residence permit for reasons of study [permesso di soggiorno per motivi di studio] or receipt of application for the same) covering the period from September 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024, as well as all documentation requested for the selection process, including all medical documentation, translated into Italian.

If you have questions regarding visa requirements for Italy, please see the questionnaire addressed to non-Italians on the website of the Ministry of the Interior:

The application must be completed within April 16, 2023

HOW TO APPLY: Register or login to the Academy enrollment platform at
Your email and the password you choose will become your login credentials [username and password] that can be used again for subsequent visits. You will also be asked to read the privacy notice.

After registering, enter the information requested for the specific applicant following the step-by-step. You will asked to download, sign, and attach the Terms & Conditions “Condizioni di contratto per la partecipazione". This step is necessary to proceed with the application process.

  • 1 passport-sized photo of the candidate.

You will be asked to pay the application fee of € 100 directly online via credit/debit card or credit transfer. The payment must be made online directly through the enrollment platform (do not close the page before paying).A summary of entered data is generated at the end of the above steps.


The Academy thanks to:
Associazione Genitori Allievi della Scuola di Ballo, Centromeccanica, Eredi Targetti in memoria di Anna Severini, Fondazione Rocca, Fondazione di Comunità di Milano, Fondazione Alessandra Miotto,
Rotary Club Milano Leonardo da Vinci Naviglio Grande, Rotary Club Milano Villoresi, Italmondo, Wunderkammer Orchestra - Associazione ADA Danze Antiche