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Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

West Australian Ballet Waltzes Into New Home

Victor P Taffa

  • West Australian Ballet moves into a permanent home in Maylands
  • New state-of-the-art training and rehearsal facilities
  • State Government continues to support West Australian Ballet

Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the West Australian Ballet Centre in Maylands the new permanent home of the West Australian Ballet.

“I congratulate the West Australian Ballet on the opening of their outstanding new venue which will provide state-of-the-art training and rehearsal facilities for our State Ballet Company and will be a lasting asset for dance in WA.” Premier Barnett said.

West Australian Ballet’s move from His Majesty’s Theatre to the former Royal Institute for the Blind building is the result of some important partnerships.

“Support for the centre has come from the State Government, Lotterywest; City of Bayswater; Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA); and the private sector.” the Premier said.

“For example, Lotterywest provided a grant of $7.1 Million towards the construction of a new community centre in Maylands and as a result of this investment, the City of Bayswater made funding available for the purchase of the Whatley Crescent building.”

Premier Barnett acknowledged the city’s commitment to providing a long-term lease to a major performance company as part of their urban regeneration project.

“This is an exciting time for the West Australian Ballet as it enjoys its 60th anniversary and a substantial period of growth.” Premier Barnett said.

The State Government, through DCA, provided $2 Million towards the core fit-out of the new centre and provides recurrent funding of $1.6 Million annually.

An additional $1.2 Million has also been provided to the West Australian Ballet over the last four years to increase its company of dancers and deliver an extra season.

Fact File

  • West Australian Ballet is in its diamond anniversary year in 1952, West Australian Ballet was established by Madame Kira Bousloff
  • The West Australian Ballet is the first ballet company formed in Australia that is still in existence today
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