#Academy History

The Queensland Ballet, founded in 1960 by Charles Lisner OBE, is the premier ballet company of Queensland, Australia and is based in Brisbane. Queensland Ballet is one of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia.

“... I had the rare opportunity of founding an institution which will make a lasting contribution to art and give pleasure to countless millions long after I have gone.”

Charles Lisner OBE


Charles Lisner established the Lisner Ballet Academy.


Lisner Ballet Company is formed, re-named the Queensland Ballet in 1961.


Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) is established in Partnership with Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Government’s Department of Education and Training.


Building upon the legacy of Charles Lisner and QDSE, QB implemented its own training programs in order to meet a new artistic vision under the direction of Li Cunxin.


QB consolidated all training programs, creating the Queensland Ballet Academy.


Queensland Ballet Academy opens its state-of-the-art training facilities in Kelvin Grove.