Founder of, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)

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MARIE WALTON-MAHON OAM is a Medal of the Order of Australia recipient and has a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, is the Artistic Director of the global business, Progressing Ballet Technique and Founder & Director of PBT Workshops.

Marie’s former ballet training was in Newcastle Australia passing all RAD examinations including Honours in Advanced and the Solo Seal award in 1970. 

In 1971, she continued her studies in France with a scholarship at the Rosella Hightower School in Cannes France before being offered a professional contract to join Les Ballet de Marseille under the artistic direction of Roland Petit. The company toured to Paris with the late great Maya Plisetskaya “I was asked by Maya Plisetskaya to join her while she practiced a particular floor barre before classes. I noticed her setting up her mind and body before class each day and I noticed when doing this myself, my personal best was achieved. This experience instilled in me the hunger to learn more about the importance of the dancers’ body and their preparation to perform at a high standard to maintain a healthy body.”


Marie was the founder of the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Newcastle for 38 years and founded the National College of Dance in 2007. Marie was an examiner and tutor for the Royal Academy of dance for 12 years.

Marie’s passion for safe dance led to the creation of Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.

Marie has been known for her creative teaching skills for over 4 decades and has trained many professional dancers and teachers’ worldwide. She has experimented with outstanding success the use of muscle memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment for over 20 years. Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists.

In 2012, Marie was tutoring teachers for the Royal Academy of Dance, showing the teachers a couple of exercises to improve the students’ alignment and stability. It was at this course that the teachers requested Marie to film all her work and share her findings. Three DVDs and an online training program later, Progressing Ballet Technique teachers’ courses would sell out around the globe and is being officially taught in thousands of schools across 40 countries.

PBT – Progressing Ballet Technique

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