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 2024-25

Curricular Units and Teachers
Frédéric Olivieri, Director
Maurizio Vanadia, Deputy Director

- Classical, En pointe, repertoire (Tatiana Nikonova, Giulia Rossitto, Elisa Scala, Paola Vismara)
- Classical, repertoire, male technique, pas de deux (Walter Madau, Leonid Nikonov, Gerardo Porcelluzzi)
- 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 (Luca Tiberini)
- Music history (Luca Tiberini).

Pianists: Massimo Ciarella, Federico Costa Svetlana Chernova, Misato Koike - Sazaki, Tomoko Murakoshi, Marco Paderni, Artan Tushi

Medical staff: Omar De Bartolomeo, Surgeon, Specialist in Orthopedics and Traumatology, PhD in Morphological Sciences, Sara Benedetti, Alessia Dinota, Noemi Rifino, Physiotherapy

Every year the students have the opportunity to perform in repertoire titles, as well as choreographies exceptionally granted or created specifically for the School.
On these occasions, they work with internationally renowned choreographers.
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.
Choice of course
Those who attend a class between the last primary and the upper secondary school in the year 2023-24 can apply for the selections, as described here below according to the Italian system (while those who study following systems schools other than the Italian one must consult this page ):

External students
The Examining Committee may decide to admit candidates to Course Level 7 who have not received a fully positive physical aptitude assessment and/ or are 18 or 19 years old on August 31, 2024, if they demonstrate sufficient requisites for admission to the Ballet School. Such candidates are admitted as “external students”.

After successfully completing Level 8, external students will receive a Certificate of Attendance instead of a Diploma in Classical and Modern/ Contemporary Ballet.
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.
No previous experience is necessary to apply for the first course, since this level starts from the basics.

Candidates to Course Levels 1–3 shall prepare a VIDEO of themselves performing the exercises illustrated in the demo video provided by the Academy. The video does not need to be of professional quality; it must be uploaded to the Academy’s Office 365 platform - the instructions are available here.

The audition to Course Levels 4–7 comprises an IN-PERSON physical aptitude and technique test.
They will be asked to execute a partial or full class (at the discretion of the Examining Committee) from the course level corresponding to the candidate’s age.

All the candidates who pass the first phase of selection are subject to a medical exam. Those who apply for courses 1, 2 and 3, after passing the medical exam, are admitted to a trial period, while candidates to level 4 to 7, after passing the medical exam, are directly admitted to the attendance.

Please check carefully the official announcement for all the details.
Compulsory schooling
Students admitted to the Ballet School must meet all compulsory schooling requirements.
Since admission to the Ballet School is not guaranteed, parents of prospective students should pre-enroll their child at their local school.

By virtue of the special agreement between the Academy and the Pietro Longone boarding school in Milan, students at the Ballet School may attend:
- the Pietro Longone middle school;
- the Pietro Longone/Accademia Teatro alla Scala experimental high school with specialization in dance.

Students admitted to the Ballet School and planning to attend the Pietro Longone middle or high school must notify the Pietro Longone school directly to obtain instructions for enrollment and payment of fees and tuition.

Pietro Longone middle school
Pietro Longone/Accademia Teatro alla Scala experimental dance high school
Via degli Olivetani, 9 – Milan - tel. +39 02 45374392 e-mail:
(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 2024-2025 academic year, including the family’s equivalent financial status indicator (ISEE form, as of July 31, 2024).
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, 2024 to July 31, 2025, 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 7, 2024

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.


Many thanks to:
Dante Valente, Fondazione Rocca, Fondazione di Comunità di Milano, Fondazione Alessandra Miotto, Rotary Club Milano Leonardo da Vinci Naviglio Grande, Rotary Club Milano Villoresi, Italmondo, Associazione Genitori Allievi della Scuola di Ballo, Associazione Musicale l’Accordo, Associazione Rosa Camuna, Wunderkammer Orchestra - Associazione ADA Danze Antiche, Municipio 4