After years of moving around, a Pilbara ballet school has finally found a permanent home in the Karratha CBD and its teachers and students are thrilled.
Committee-run Terre Rouge Ballet has been operating in Karratha and Dampier for six years, holding classes in hire sites around both towns.
Now staff have turned an empty shop front in Hedland Place into a spacious studio.
WAAPA-trained ballet teacher Ellen Kay, said it had been a long wait to find such a well-located space close to schools and shops.
“This opportunity came up for us to move in here,” she said.
“We’ve had a few different venues in (six years), so it’s nice to have one spot here in Karratha that is our own, and we obviously still run classes in Dampier.”
Ms Kay said Terre Rouge stood out among the many Pilbara dance schools because it focused purely on ballet and had a presence in Perth.
“2016 is a really exciting year for us with the new studio and the affiliation with the Swan River Ballet in Perth,” she said.
“Our principal teacher Michele Cleaver-Wilkinson has just opened that school and they’re our sister school.
“So I think it’s really unique that our students have this connection to the city and to a beautiful ballet school in Perth.”
Terre Rouge teacher Ellen Kay with students Bridget, 7, and Lilly Bell, 9, Maya Pianta, 10, Imogen Bell, 10, and Jaimee Bardsley, 11.