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We will nurture your passion for dance - one step at a time!

Located in Melbourne's inner eastern suburbs,

Melbourne Institute of Dance offers

classical ballet and contemporary dance for all ages

Whether you’re pursuing a career in dance or simply wanting to express yourself through artistic holistic movement - our dedicated team understands what it takes to maximise your potential.


We understand the expectations and demands of classical ballet in the 21st century. We take the best elements from our predecessors, base our training on Russian methodology, and combine this with current industry knowledge to best suit the needs of Australian dancers today.


Reflecting an ever-changing artistic landscape, contemporary dance training is another component of our comprehensive programme.


Committed to quality and service, Melbourne Institute of Dance is your premier school of choice.

Kalman Warhaft


MIoD’s first gala show was amazing. I felt like I was out at the theatre watching a professional show. It was entertaining and interesting at every level. My daughter‘s technique progressed so much under the training at MIoD. In fact, despite a couple of years learning elsewhere, I felt like she hadn’t actually learnt ballet until starting at MIoD. I have also loved learning ballet again in the adult classes both in person and via Zoom!


"After trying a few local dance schools, we enrolled our daughter at MIoD. Although our daughter is very much a beginner, we immediately noticed a difference in her skill development and performance ability. In her words, this was 'real ballet' and attending class is the highlight of her week. The teachers have been professional, are very well trained and obviously share a great passion for what they do, but most importantly they have been fabulous role models whilst demonstrating amazing levels of patience, kindness and care towards the young dancers in their care. I am so grateful that we have found a dance school which delivers the perfect balance between a quality dance education and creative, enjoyable experiences in a happy and healthy environment."

- Claire

"The girls comment all the time how they love coming to MIoD. They have also met lovely friends without any competitiveness between them just support and kindness. It is certainly hard to find that these days and we are sure this is due to the culture you have developed at MIoD."
- Bridie

"Returning to dance after a very long time has been such a great experience. Kalman and the team at Melbourne Institute of Dance provide a nurturing, high quality and most importantly fun environment to get yourself immersed in. The end of year Gala Show is a definite highlight and is a buzz to be a part of !!"

- Marrila 

High quality teaching is expected here however what impressed me the most was how Kalman leads the school through classes to production. He is always calm, respectful, professional and carries the school with ease even in the most stressful situations. The wonderful teachers in his team compliment his leadership and add great value with their fresh choreography. I am so happy we have chosen to learn the craft of dance at MIoD.

- Syliva

"Thank you for your guidance and patience in all the dance classes as well as the rehearsals. The process was a memorable and wonderful learning experience for me... And I am sure everyone felt the same...."

 - Laihar

"Thank you for all that you are doing with the girls and our daughter is really enjoying classes. This is a testament to yours and the other teacher's wonderful instruction."

- Joy

You have bought the gift of ballet into the lives of those like me who thought it impossible to express emotion through the magic combination of ballet and music.

We adults can now rekindle days of old with such wonderful memories. 

Thank you for your patience and wonderful tuition. Through your school and teaching basic ballet to adults. You have given a wonderful gift to us all…!

- Tania 

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"I was lost for words observing Kalman and the girls last night. Kalman's artistry and dedication with the girls is priceless. Our daughter has grown so much and is loving every moment. Honestly, with the comps, win or lose doesn’t matter to us, the life skills she is gaining from the commitment to training is amazing and she noticing her own progression.
Thank you for being a wonderful mentor, teacher and director."

- Joanna

Miss Elisha is an absolute champion for keeping the kids engaged in a lesson over zoom – it’s such a difficult thing to do and it’s been lovely for the kids to maintain some sense of normalcy through this ultra-weird time.  It really takes a special teacher to do what she does with the little ones so please pass on my thanks and admiration."

- Anna

"Kalman is an exceptional teacher and leads a team of great teachers who are passionate about what they do. My daughters can't wait to start classes again"

- Jean

"We all had a beautiful night at your Gala Show, thank you for all your hard work, as I was moved by seeing the dancers performing on the stage." 

- Mike

"We have both seen huge growth in our girls not only in their dance but personally too. It was so lovely seeing their genuine joy and love for dance on stage. Please pass on our thanks to all your staff for everything all of you do to bring out the best in our girls."

- Bridie

"After months of rehearsals and costume fittings suddenly it was "Chookas Everyone!" And we were on stage! The Gala concert at Xavier on a big stage with proper lighting was a little (and big) girl's dream come true. At last, I was a dancer and it was all thanks to Kalman Warhaft and the team at Melbourne Institute of Dance."

- Coral 

"I cannot commend the MIoD team highly enough, since joining in 2017 I have found a place that is so much more than just a ballet school, the level of inclusiveness to see me for my whole identity as a woman with my trans experience has allowed me to be more free and more expressive in my dance. From the tailored curriculum to the mental support which has seen the development of my skills, challenging myself and being apart of something that is more than my identity, it is part of my ballet family."

- Elisabeth

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