The Music and Ballet School of Baghdad

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Two ballet dancers of the Iraqi National Ballet (which is based in Baghdad) performing a ballet show in Iraq in 2007.

The Music and Ballet School of Baghdad (Arabic,مدرسة بغداد للموسيقى و الباليه) was founded in Baghdad, Iraq in 1967. It was initially opened as part of Saddam Hussein's secularist cultural campaign.[1]

Teachers from the Bolshoi Theater in Russia came to Baghdad to teach.[citation needed] At present[when?] the teaching staff are fully Iraqi.[citation needed]

In March 2016, the Associated Press reported that the school was facing financial difficulties owing to the government's budgetary crisis.[2] According to the report, the Ministry of Culture had ordered the school to begin charging tuition.


  1. ^ Kaylan, Melik (March 12, 2008). "Baghdad Music and Ballet School Soldiers On". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Iraq's only ballet and music school faces funding crisis". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-03-17.