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West Australian Ballet waltzes into new home

24 Apr 2012

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,” Mr 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 $7.1million 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.”

Mr 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,” he said.

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

An additional $1.2million 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.

For more information visit the WA Ballet website