History

The Bonny Parker School of Classical Ballet was founded in 1960 by Bonny Parker in Perth, Western Australia.

School Patron & Founder – Bonny Parker

In 1987, Janine Ban – a long time student of Bonny’s – took over as Principal Teacher for the studio. Meanwhile elsewhere in Perth, Simone Jackson-Pike, a past student of Bonny’s, had founded The Perth School of Ballet.

In 1993, Simone and Janine decided to join forces and The Perth School of Ballet as we know it today, opened its doors with 120 students.

Throughout the ’90s, the School ran in community halls in West Leederville, Whitfords and Duncraig, growing to expand into bigger venues in North Beach, Floreat and Doubleview.

In 2000, the School was joined by Kathryn Harris who introduced the ISTD modern syllabus.

Eventually outgrowing even these venues, The Perth School of Ballet moved into their current studio in Osborne Park in 2010.  For the first time, this location was large enough to combine all three separate studio locations and all students, teachers and parents could come together at one studio.

 

Miss Simone and Miss Janine performing when they were students of Bonny Parker
Dance is the hidden language of the soul. – Martha Graham