DANCERS TAP INTO HIS­TORY

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - STEPHANIE MCKENNA

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

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