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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.

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