Public Programmes

Public Programmes

Monday Vernissage 2016

The term ‘vernissage’ comes from the French word ‘varnishing’ (putting the finishing touches on a painting) and is used for a preview of an art exhibition; usually a private ‘promenade’ before the formal opening.


Join our celebrity guest speakers as they take you on a promenade through the finer points of the ballet world.


$25 per person/ $20 for subscribers and students. Includes a glass of bubbly on arrival.

Dancing to Australia’s tune


Monday 14 March 2016 – 7pm



Western Australian prima ballerina, Madeleine Eastoe, has enjoyed an illustrious performance career spanning the globe. She will reflect on her stage life – how one talented Western Australian ‘made the grade’ to become one of Australia’s brightest leading lights.


Madeleine recently hung up her pointe shoes, retiring from a career with The Australian Ballet spanning 18 years. She is the recipient of a number of awards including the Telstra People’s Choice Award 2006 and Green Room Award 2005.

Beyond the Footlights – the art of ballet design


Monday 8 August 2016 – 7pm


Great ballet design is more than just colourful costumes and magical sets; it is an integral partner with the choreography and music. What inspires designers to create an immersive, wondrous experience, and just how complex is the process from concept to stage?


Charles Cusick Smith and Phil R Daniels are design partners, who have created ballet and Theatre productions for leading companies around the world, including English National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, and Greek National Ballet. Their work is held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and they are the recipients of the British TMA award for Best Design and Manchester Evening News Design Award.

Revealing the Royal


Monday 10 October 2016 – 7pm


The Royal Opera House Covent Garden invokes magical experiences, glittering performances and royalty – you know you’ve made it when you’ve ‘played the Garden’! But backstage at the Garden is like any other theatre: grease paint, sweat, tears, heightened emotions… or is it? Go backstage with Barry Hudson, as he provides a fascinating insight into this most majestic of all theatres.


Barry is WAB’s new Technical Director. He has a career in theatre spanning 30 years, including 20 years in technical leadership roles at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and more recently, as Head of Stage and Operations for the Royal Opera House Oman.


Open Fridays


Throughout the year WAB opens its doors and invites you into the studio to watch our dancers take their morning class. For only $10 you can see our stars up close and be inspired by their dedication and hard work. It’s an intimate, inspiring and affordable experience for all. Open Fridays run from 10.00-11.30am unless otherwise specified.



2 October (School Holidays)

30 October




22 January (School Holidays)

26 February (12.00pm – 1.30pm)

18 March

22 April (School Holidays)

3 June

29 July

26 August

30 September (School Holidays)

28 October

25 November (12.00pm – 1.30pm)


Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking and West Australian Ballet has a no refund policy. This event is suitable for children aged 4 and up. All children under the age of 15 must be supervised by an adult.


To book contact (08) 9214 0707 or email for more information.

WA Ballet Company Class Young Artists