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In 1952, West Australian Ballet was established by Madame Kira Bousloff - the first ballet company in Australia. Madame Bousloff, a Prima Ballerina with the Ballets Russes, had travelled to the east coast of Australia in 1938. After completing her commitment with the Ballets Russes she travelled west to Perth on holiday and fell in love with the city, declaring that the beautiful coastline reminded her of the French Riviera.
Since its formation West Australian Ballet has developed an impressive reputation for superior classical and contemporary ballet and contemporary dance of the highest level. Its repertoire continues to develop steadily classical ballet forming the foundation for the Company's vocabulary, combined with a distinct contemporary outlook on the art form. West Australian Ballet stages everything from full length classical ballets, narrative ballets and shorter works, and encompasses a variety of choreographic styles.
The Company is based in Perth and resides at the West Australian Ballet Centre in Maylands. It offers an extensive program of dance throughout the year, with five major seasons in Perth plus regional and international touring, choreographic workshops, a series of free public performances, an extensive education program and other community activities.
West Australian Ballet is the only state dance company that has an official partnership with its state symphony orchestra the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Today, the Company is home to a versatile and highly skilled ensemble of 40 professional dancers.
Artistic Director Aurelien Scannella’s energy and commitment provides the driving-force for the company’s ambitious vision. ‘As a Company, we have two options: we can stop here and stay where we are, or we can continue to develop, grow and build something amazing. I didn’t come all this way with my family to take the first option.’