Accreditation a feat of endurance

In her transition from performer to teacher, Hayley Parker has gained a valuable qualification. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d413465
In her transition from performer to teacher, Hayley Parker has gained a valuable qualification. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d413465

Mrs Parker said she received her qualification from the renowned school through correspondence under the guidance of Katherine Mantle, from Katherine Mantle Performing Arts in Cockburn.

‘I am now able to teach at any studio in the world and it gives people faith in my ability,’ she said. ‘I’m at retirement age in terms of performing, which is why I turned my attention to teaching.

‘It’s a tough world, and I tell my students they have got to have their heart and head in it because it is a short-lived career.’

The 29-year-old now also runs ballet workshops at Roleystone Theatre.

‘Some day I hope to open my own studio to rival the likes of the WA Academy of Performing Arts,’ she said.

‘But I want more experience before I start thinking about that and more time to understand the industry as a teacher.’

Mrs Parker started dancing at three when her mother took her to a performance of Swan Lake and got her a pair of dance shoes signed by the lead dancer.

‘Since then I have invested most of my life into dancing,’ she said. ‘Dancing doesn’t run in the family. I’m the extroverted weirdo who loves to dance and make a fool of myself.’