About Us

WA’s premiere school of dance for the finest tuition in Classical Ballet

Charlesworth Ballet School, was founded in 1960 by Terri Charlesworth OAM, Cit WA.

Terri Charlesworth, (Western Australian Citizen of the year for Culture, Arts and Entertainment for 2006) has observed, studied and taught at leading dance institutions throughout the world. She is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading teacher of classical ballet. Having taken over the directorship of the school in 2012, Sonya Shepherd now continues the traditions set by Terri with passion, knowledge and her unique enthusiasm, drive and dedication.

Charlesworth Ballet School (formerly Terri Charlesworth Ballet School) offers specialised training based on the Vaganova Method. This method of training is considered the finest syllabus of classical ballet.  CBS has devised an exceptional and diverse training programme, which not only includes Classical Ballet, but also, Contemporary and Spanish Dance, Musical Theatre and Performance. Lessons are designed to cater to the student’s age and ability with awareness of the emotional, physical, and intellectual development of the child or young adult.

Our aspiration is to provide a joyful, enriching and satisfying experience for each student of the Charlesworth Ballet School. Our main values to uphold are joy, creativity and unity.

Joy – we aspire to bring excitement and joy into the lives of children by providing a safe environment for them to discover themselves. We believe that through dance children will find happiness which will encourage passion and big dreams and as a result, spread joy to those around them.

Creativity – By fostering imagination and creativity we encourage artistic, physical and emotional development. Children are able to explore improvisation, choreography, and music enabling opportunities for self-expression and mental growth.

Unity – Children will learn together in a positive space where a love for dance is shared, and kindness and respect are encouraged. Through teamwork and open communication, friendships blossom, and we create a nurturing community for dancers alike.