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A new home for Ringwood Ballet Group

6 July 2017

There were smiling faces from ballet students of all ages today, as Maroondah Deputy Mayor Nora Lamont officially opened the redeveloped Bedford Park Ballet Studio.

Cr Lamont said the facility, home to Ringwood Ballet Group, was built in 1989 and consisted of just two studios, toilets and an office.

“The Ringwood Ballet Group, which is in its 56th year of operation, has grown from strength to strength and offers approximately 76 dance classes a week to 250 students,” Cr Lamont said.

“The redevelopment means the group now has more space and facilities to cater for their students well into the future,” Cr Lamont said.

The redevelopment included:

  • new accessible entry and car parking
  • extended functional foyer area for parents to mingle before and after classes
  • unisex accessible toilet
  • junior and senior change rooms
  • male change rooms
  • kitchenette
  • offices facilities and much needed additional storage

ballet“On behalf of Council and the Ringwood Ballet Group, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Federal Government and the Ringwood Ballet Group for their contributions to the project,” Cr Lamont said.

“The group is a not for profit organisation which is run by a volunteer committee of parents, so they should be congratulated for all of their hard work to raise such a significant contribution towards the redevelopment,” Cr Lamont said.

Ringwood Ballet Group President Carolyn Callanan thanked the fundraising crew for their support in raising money for the project.

“I’d like to thank the families and community who have donated their time and money to make this possible, from fundraising to moving out and back in again. Countless hours have been spent to make this as seamless a transition as possible, and keep classes going during our most busy time,” she said.

This project was constructed with $20,000 from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, $38,500 from the Ringwood Ballet Group and the remaining $580,000 contributed by Council.



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