Our History

The Australian Ballet

For almost 60 years, The Australian Ballet has been inspiring, delighting and challenging audiences through the power of its performances. A commitment to artistic vibrancy, a spirited style and a willingness to take risks have defined the company from its earliest days, both onstage and off.

For the last 20 years, through the leadership of its longest-serving artistic director, David McAllister, the company has evolved into a unique expression of Australian culture, crystallising the nation’s athleticism, aspiration to excellence and love of dance.

The company regularly represents Australia on the world stage and has performed to critical acclaim in numerous cities worldwide including New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Paris. Caring for tradition yet daring to be different, The Australian Ballet performs beloved classical ballets and commissions new work annually; it presents upwards of 250 shows and 1,700 education and audience engagement events each year. 

In addition to 80 exceptional dancers, The Australian Ballet employs master craftspeople and leaders in injury prevention, dance education, marketing and philanthropy as well as an orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, of over 60 musicians.

The Australian Ballet is a company of the highest caliber.