Elite Athlete Program

Supporting dancers for a career beyond ballet

For more than six years The Australian Ballet’s Richard House has been performing with the pinnacle of Australian dance. Like many elite athletes, Richard has built his dancing career from early childhood, training six days a week to achieve perfection in the technical and artistic skills required.

From talented youngsters to full-time professionals, Richard knows the importance of preparing yourself for a career beyond the demanding physical performance of ballet. La Trobe University is Richard’s preferred choice for further education due to the extra support provided for students achieving excellence in their life in the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program.

Through La Trobe University's clever partnership with The Australian Ballet, elite dancers can receive support to prepare for careers beyond the stage.

A partnership as flexible as the elite dancers it supports

Our world-leading sport and exercise scientists have collaborated with The Australian Ballet's medical experts to prevent injury and optimise dancers' health on-stage. In 2018, we're extending our partnership to support dancers off-stage, too.

Through the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program, dancers of The Australian Ballet can access valuable education and pre-transition career development. The program provides flexibility and help to these elite dancers to balance university study. They'll receive dedicated academic support, assistance with enrolment and timetabling, flexible assessment, tailored career advice and access to exclusive scholarships.

Watch our interview with Richard House, an elite dancer for The Australian Ballet and current Bachelor of Health Sciences student at La Trobe, to discover how we're helping Australia's best transition to careers after ballet.


Discover how you can combine elite performance with study like Richard, through the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program