About Swan River Ballet

Mission Statement

Swan River Ballet school aims to bring the joy of the dance to students by providing experienced teachers in a friendly, co-operative environment at Hamilton House. We feel it is important to provide all the facilities and resources to ensure that learning to dance is safe and stress free, allowing each student to achieve a level of expertise according to their capabilities and ideals. To gain the most advantage in our chosen art form, we aim to develop students self-discipline and overall confidence.


Estelle's Dance & Performance Academy was established in 2000 by Artistic Director, Michele Cleaver-Wilkinson. Its success led to the development of Terre Rouge Ballet, a not-for-profit ballet school in the Pilbara, Western Australia. As Artistic Director of both Terre Rouge Ballet and Swan River Ballet, Michele aims to build a strong partnership that will bring many benefits to each school, these include:

  • Teachers will be able to gain experience from teaching in both locations

  • Terre Rouge Ballet teachers will be able to attend courses in Perth

  • Swan River Ballet teachers will be able to travel to and experience the raw beauty of the Pilbara

  • Students will also benefit from courses conducted by guest artists during the school holidays at Hamilton House

Hamilton House

Students and parents will have access to three exquisite well-equipped studios, large waiting rooms, change rooms, a courtyard with a landscaped garden, ample parking, large community kitchen, uniform shop, gym, as well as bedrooms for country students and guest teachers. There is also a separate three-bedroom residence for a live-in dance teacher.

Training in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

The RAD offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance. In Australia, the RAD Vocational Graded qualifications are endorsed by the state of Western Australia for credit towards the Certificate of Education.

At tertiary level, dancers can continue their educational qualifications at any of the following courses:

  • Diploma in Dance Training studies

  • Professional Dancers Teaching program

  • Certificate in Ballet Teaching studies

  • Master of Teaching Dance

  • Certificate of Higher Education

  • BA (Hons) Dance Education

  • Studies of Benesh notation

These courses are available before, during and after dancers’ professional careers.
For talented pre-professional dancers, the prestigious Adeline Genee Competition opens the door to opportunities in the professional dance field.
For further information, visit www.radeducation.org.uk