DANCERS TAP INTO HISTORY
PINTS have been replaced by pirouettes at an historic Perth pub.
Almost two decades after the last beer was poured at the Newmarket Hotel, the Hamilton Hill landmark has been given a new lease of life.
The heritage-listed building, built in 1912, has reopened as the Swan River Ballet school.
Michele and Ian Cleaver-Wilkinson bought the building three years ago. “We’re educating the next generation that our heritage should be treasured and where possible utilised for the arts because if offers such an enriching experience for everybody,” Ms Cleaver-Wilkinson said.
The Cleaver-Wilkinson family received a $100,000 grant from the Heritage Council of WA, and invested more than $900,000.
The Swan River Ballet school has more than 130 students ranging in age from three to 78.
In step: Students Aria Bowyer, Minnie Nix, Ava Rizzacasa, Lucy Walker, Nelle Henderson, Sophie French, Iris Fay and Brooke Rollinson strike a pose. Picture: Richard Hatherly