with DAVID MC ALLISTER
Six of the new dancers appointed by Artistic Director, David McAllister, to join The
Australian Ballet in 2016 were introduced by President, Josie Woodgate, and then
interviewed by David after enjoying viewing videos of each dancer.
Nathan Brook; Sean Kiley; Edward Smith; Aya Watanabe; Lucien Xu and Melody Martin
were encouraged to speak of their lives and hopes for their futures in the Company
and, as usual, David gently and always with a touch of humour gained much insight into
their personalities and individuality.
There was also a real surprise for David as well when the President announced
that the Ballet Society was appointing David as an Honorary Life Member in
celebration of its 50th Anniversary. It was a secret from everyone, except the
Ballet Society Executive, so it was wonderful to see David’s response when it
was announced as well as the packed audience reaction.
David was delighted as was the audience and the applause and yells of approval went on for
some time. David has been a great supporter of the Ballet Society since he was a young
student at The Australian Ballet School where he was awarded one of the Society’s Scholarships.
He has always been prepared to give of his time and enthusiasm and has been guest at Meet the
New Dancers for 15 years! How could we not recognise that! David immediately put on his
Honorary Life Member badge for all to see. It was a very special evening all round.