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David McAllister

Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet.

A graduate of The Australian Ballet School, Perth-born David McAllister began his training with Evelyn Hodgkinson and joined The Australian Ballet in 1983. He was promoted to Senior Artist in 1986 and to Principal Artist in January 1989.

During his career, David performed a wide variety of Principal roles from the major classical repertoire including Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée and Don Quixote. He also performed in many contemporary pieces and world premieres working with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Graeme Murphy, Stephen Baynes and Stanton Welch.

In 1985 he won a Bronze Medal at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow and the Oceanic Equity Arts Award for Young Achievers in Perth. David has danced as a Guest Artist with the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Georgian State Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre. In 1992 he took part in the Royal Gala performance of Coppélia in London in the presence of the Princess of Wales.

In November 2000, David completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University. David danced for the final time in Giselle in March 2001 at the Sydney Opera House and was appointed Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet in July 2001. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List and was elected Vice President of the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005.