Youth Ballet WA

Youth Ballet WA

74 - 76 Goodwood Parade, BURSWOOD WA 6100 and 1 Mabel Street
WA 6006

08 9201 1812



Youth Ballet WA
Youth Ballet WA
Swan Lake


YBWA offers its full-time classical ballet program to students between the age of 9 and 18-years-old. YBWA currently has 42 students over 7 levels in the full-time program. This unique program also combines academic studies allowing students to successfully complete Year 12 WACE, in either general or ATAR pathways.

Throughout the year our students are provided with the opportunity to perform solo classical variations, Contemporary and Spanish performances, Classical Ballet Repertoire Excerpts and full-scale Classical Ballet performances at venues such as the Crown and His Majesty Theatre. These performance opportunities provide our students with crucial on-stage experience to develop both technical and artistic qualities.

YBWA aims to aid our students to realise their full potential whilst assisting with confidence, resilience and self-value fostering positive self-esteem and mental health.

Youth Ballet WA Inc (YBWA) is a charitable organisation providing an elite ballet program. We are a talent-led organisation accepting only those young people showing great aptitude for dance and a passion to embrace dance as a career. We ensure that students receive individual tuition to meet their specific level and ability and are nurtured throughout their experience with YBWA.

Based on the Vaganova method of classical ballet the programme has a long-established history of developing students with the skills to realise their full potential.

Our unique purpose-built learning facility, highly skilled faculty, coupled with the Western Australian Education support through SCSA, is an ideal environment for our young, academically empowered dancers to grow.

Main subjects:

Classical ballet (Vaganova method), Pointe studies, Variations and Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary dance, Improvisation, Spanish, Pilates, Yoga, Dance history, Anatomy and biomechanics, health studies/mindfullness and ATAR Dance for year 11 and 12 students.
Primary and high school academic studies are provided through SIDE (School of Isolated and Distance Education), with qualified teachers on site to assist at the YBWA premises. Students graduate with a West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) with many students completing ATAR and gaining the option of university eligibility.

Practical dance classes per week:

This is a 5-day per week course. Each day begins with ether Pilates, Yoga or Classical floor barre. This is then followed by a Classical Ballet class, pointe work and variations with Classical repertoire, Contemporary and Spanish technique offered on alternate days.

Contact hours per day:

Office Contact hours are between 8:00am-3:30pm. Training hours for full time students are 8:30am-4:30pm.

Pre-requisites/ entry requirements:

Audition only.

Main teachers:

Terri Charlesworth (OAM, Cit. WA), Tatiana Pevneva (former soloist of the St Petersburg Theatre and Ballet), Leanne Stojmenov (former Principal of The Australain Ballet), Marc Cassidy (former Senior Artist from The Australian Ballet), Lauren Limmer (Landestheatre, Coburg), Lauren Murry (Staatsballet Hannover and the West Australian Ballet) Sharon Dalla Costa (BA, Dip Ed, Chrissie Parrot and Sydney Dance Companies), Lynn Martlew (ADPA in Performing Arts, Dance , Angela Perry (BA, Dip Ed, Masters), Mary Flynn (BA Ed)

Audition date:

Auditions are held annually in September, however private auditions with the Director can be arranged throughout the year.

Audition requirements:

For more information look at our website: or Email:


On enquiry.

Scholarships or subsidies:

On enquiry.

Possible career options:

Successful graduates have danced in prestigious dance companies throughout the world including; The New York City Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The West Australian Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Dance Theatre, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Bayerisches Staatsballet, Hamburg Ballet, Dresden Semperoper Ballet, Nacho Duato, Aalto Ballet Theatre Essen, Malandain Ballet Biarritz and Berlin Staatsballet, Nederlands Dance Theatre 2, Het Nationale Ballet, Tasmanian Dance Company, Moulin Rogue, Theatre National de Prague, Badisches Staatsballet Karlsruhe and Singapore Dance Theatre.

A Student’s Perspective:


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