Soon after the wars, the ballet started its visiting performances abroad. The first visit to the Royal Ballet and Konserthuset of Stockholm took place as early as 1946. The following year, a smaller troupe visited Denmark and Norway, and in the 1950s touring intensified further.
Suomen kansallisoopperan ja -baletin balettioppilaitoksen historia ulottuu Kansallisbaletin toiminnan alkuvuosille 1920-luvulle, jolloin balettiryhmän yhteydessä harjoitettiin myös opetusta. Aluksi Oopperan yhteydessä toimi maksullinen yksityinen tanssikoulu.
A new era started at the Finnish National Ballet in 1984 when the company’s former principal dancer Doris Laine was appointed as its artistic director, after decades of short-term leaders. Laine was a keen advocate for dance who held many positions of influence, while steering the ballet company towards the new Opera House.
Over the decades, the Finnish National Ballet has always aimed to bring ballet closer to the people, beyond the walls of the Opera House. To prompt new audiences to discover the genre, productions have been created specifically for children, and school classes have been invited to watch dress rehearsals.
Many dancers of the Finnish National Ballet grew into choreographers over the years, continuing their careers as either choreographers for their own dance company, the Finnish National Ballet, or abroad. The first time this happened was before the wars at the turn of the 1940s. Saxelin and Sylvestersson promoted
In the 2000s, the Finnish National Ballet has been seeking novel solutions for young dancers to find work. In 2008, the Finnish National Ballet took 11 young dancers into apprenticeship training. Six years later in 2014, the Youth Company was established.