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WA Ballet's School Holiday Program

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Published April 14th 2013
You're Never Too Young To Become A Beautiful Ballerina
Along with princesses and fairies, most little girls and some little boys, at some point develop a fixation on ballerinas and the beautiful, graceful form of dance which they perform. If they're fortunate, some may have the chance to take classes, and wear the sparkly leotards and satin dance shoes of their idols, continuing these lessons throughout their childhood.

This image is from the West Australian Ballet website.
This image is from the West Australian Ballet website.

Throughout Australia and the world, taking ballet lessons is something of a rite of passage and dozens of classes are held in most capital cities and regional centres. While for most participants, enthusiasm may wane after a few years or months, such classes are very much part of an Australian upbringing. Although the drop-out rate is high, after years of disciplined practice a select few of these youngsters may choose to embrace ballet as a lifelong passion, eventually joining a professional ballet company.

This image is from the West Australian Ballet website.
This image is from the West Australian Ballet website.

Here in Perth, the West Australian Ballet is the state's premier ballet company. Based at the West Australian Ballet Centre in suburban Maylands, it's one of the oldest ballet companies in Australia, having been established in 1952 by Madame Kira Bousloff, a former ballerina with the Ballets Russes. These days, as well as the many performances which they hold in Perth and beyond, the West Australian Ballet also offers a comprehensive range of educational programs aimed at promoting ballet to the wider community.

This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by Rick Dikeman).
This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by Rick Dikeman).

Some of the most popular of these community programs are the School Holiday Ballet Experiences, which are held for children during most school holidays. Three age groups are catered for: 2 - 4 years, 5 - 8 years and 9 - 12 years old, and the presentations are tailor-made so as to be relevant for each. During each School Holiday Ballet Experience, children are introduced to basic elements of ballet in a charming and age-appropriate way, learning about the importance of costumes, meeting some of the Ballet's dancers, participating in a ballet class and taking part in other creative activities.

The West Australian Ballet's School Holiday Ballet Experience program is a delightful presentation which provides young children with a rare and intimate insight into the life of a professional dancer, as well as into the ballet itself. It's important to note that all children who participate in these programs must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or supervising adult. However, this shouldn't be a problem and many parents will also find themselves thoroughly enchanted by the presentation, recalling fond memories of childhood ballet classes and performances.

To find out more about the program and to make bookings, check out the West Australian Ballet's website, send an email to or phone them on 08 9214 0707. Be sure not to leave your bookings until the last minute, however, as places fill very quickly.
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Why? Ballet performances are exquisitely beautiful and many little girls want to be a ballerina when they grow up.
When: Most school holidays
Phone: 08 9214 0707
Where: West Australian Ballet Centre, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands, WA, 6051
Cost: $35 for each child and $12 per parent
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