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David McAllister AM – GDipAEMgt 2001
Deakin Alumni of the Year Award for outstanding service in his profession and to Deakin University.
In recognition of his distinguished leadership and achievement in the arts, particularly in ballet and for his philanthropic support of Deakin University, particularly in the area of student scholarships
Australian Ballet Director David McAllister has forged a reputation as Australia’s most distinguished ballet artists and administrators over a career now spanning thirty years.
As a graduate of The Australian Ballet School, Mr McAllister went on to join The Australian Ballet in 1983, eventually becoming its Principal Artist in 1989. His many principal roles with the company included: Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Sentimental Bloke, Coppélia, Manon, La Sylphide, Sinfonietta and Stepping Stones.
In 1985 he won a Bronze Medal at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow, which saw him invited to later return to the USSR as a guest artist, where he made numerous appearances with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet and Georgian State Ballet. In 1989 he was also a guest artist with The National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre. In 1992, he performed in the Royal Gala performance of Coppélia in London.
Upon retiring from performance in 2001, Mr McAllister was appointed Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet. He was also elected Vice President of the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005 and has undertaken guest teaching roles with The Australian Ballet School, The Dancers Company, the Royal Academy of Dancing, Cecchetti Society and the Australian Institute of Classical Dance.
He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his outstanding services to ballet as both a performer and administrator.
Mr McAllister generously supports the next generation of Deakin graduates with the annual David McAllister Arts and Entertainment Management Scholarship. He is also one of the graduate faces of Deakin’s 2012 postgraduate marketing campaign.
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