About Us


The Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) was formed in 1991 by Marilyn Jones following her receipt of a prestigious Creative Arts Fellowship from the Australian Government. The Institute is a non-profit organisation with a National Committee composed of eminent members of the dance profession. It was set up to oversee and encourage the development of classical dance in Australia. The Institute has branches with active members in:

  • Victoria,
  • Western Australia,
  • South Australia
  • Queensland; and
  • New South Wales

The Institute also acts as the assessment body for the Borovansky Classical Ballet Syllabus, initiates workshops, conventions and seminars and offers scholarships to dancers.

Our Pre-eminent Events

The AICD has holds its Dance Creation choreographic competition periodically and provides opportunities for young upcoming choreographers to demonstrate their skills.  In addition to Dance Creation, we also hold the International Ballet Awards and the Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship.  The International Ballet Award is held in Adelaide every second year and provides a substantial monetary award for the winning dancers.  The Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship is held every year in Sydney. Dancers have the opportunity to compete for a scholarship to attend the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program.  Details and entry information for all of these events is available here. 

Goals of the AICD

Since its inception, the Institute has played an important and vital role in Australia’s cultural life. Its aims are to assist teachers and students of classical dance in Australia by:

  • Providing a national focus for the development of classical dance;
  • Co-operating with existing recognised dance institutions;
  • Providing a forum for discussion on all aspects of dance;
  • Encouraging research and development of dance;
  • Assisting teachers with technical and further education in the teaching of dance;
  • Creating a lobby for classical dance in the political and educational arena;
  • Co-operating with the Australian Ballet School, tertiary institutions of dance and Australian dance companies;
  • Providing assessors and examiners for assessments and examinations in private schools; and
  • Focusing on the student’s enjoyment of dance as well as its benefits, thus catering for the average student as well as the talented.

A Biography of Marilyn Jones OBEMarilyn Jones OBE

Marilyn Jones established an enviable international reputation early in her distinguished career during which she danced with outstanding ballet luminaries such as Rudolph Nureyev, Garth Welch, John Gilpin, John Meehan and Sir Robert Helpmann. She is acclaimed for her interpretation of the great classics: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and Giselle, attaining the rank of Ballerina with the Borovansky Ballet and the Grand Ballet de Marquis de Cuevas. She was Prima Ballerina of The Australian Ballet from 1962-1971, later becoming the Artistic Director until 1982 and since made regular guest appearances with them as well as the Sydney Dance Company and the Queensland Ballet. In 1972 she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services to Ballet. She has received numerous awards: an Australian Creative Artists Fellowship from the Australian Council (1990), Honorary Doctorate of Music from University of Newcastle (1992) and a prestigious honour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House (1993) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to dance in this country.

Marilyn presenting the Houston Ballet Scholarship 2016 with Shelly Power