Perth City Ballet (Ballet Workshop Inc) was founded in 1961 and incorporated in 1969, by Artistic Director, Diana Waldron, O.A.M.  Diana was awarded the 2006 Dance Award for Lifetime Achievement to Dance in Western Australia and in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.

Perth City Ballet, over the past 59 years, has been involved in the provision of high-quality performing arts in Perth and throughout Western Australia. Whilst it’s grass roots lie within dance, it has evolved since 1961 into a unique community arts group performing an average of 70 performances per year.

Perth City Ballet’s artistic program includes ballet, drama, musical theatre and children’s productions. The company has not only presented many shows locally, but has travelled overseas on numerous occasions (seven international tours). The company has drawn critical acclaim and an outstanding international reputation. This has been achieved and successfully proven by the company’s growing reputation of originality and high technical standard. We are proud of our successful history, which began with grass roots community support and endorsement: a philosophy which continues today.

Perth City Ballet considers itself pre-professional; training and preparing young performers for the professional world. Perth City Ballet provides an apprenticeship opportunity for performing artists to develop, nurture and grow in their craft, with the emphasis on utilizing a nucleus of local talent in the productions, that then provides them with new experiences and leverage to the professional world.



  • To develop, nurture and create opportunities for local artists and those who work in support of them.
  • To develop and present original works in all facets of the performing arts at a state, national and international level.
  • To develop and maintain working links and contacts with theatre companies and artists both within Australia and internationally.
  • To maintain and improve the standard of the performing arts.
  • To promote public interest in the enrichment of the community through the performance of the theatrical arts.
  • To co-operate with local, state and Commonwealth Governments and their agencies in the promotion of these objectives.
  • To encourage, foster, develop and promote the visual and performing arts in the local community.