Elite Masterclass Series

Photo: Erik Sawaya


After a successful program with Royal Ballet School’s Anita Young in 2017, the Elite Masterclass Series returns to The McDonald College in 2018. This April school holiday program aims to give intermediate to advanced ballet and dance students exposure to exclusive training from industry professionals from around the world. In 2018, we will be joined by Vicki Attard (Former Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet), Olivier Vercoutère (Professor of Ballet, University of Music & Theatre, Munich), Gina Brescianini (Former Sydney Dance Company), and Olivia Ansell (Choreographer, Performer). 



25 – 27 April 2018

9.00am – 4.15pm daily

Junior (Ages 12 – 14) SOLD OUT

Senior (ages 15 – 19) SOLD OUT

Please see below for further details on our waiting list. 


Skill level: Intermediate Foundation Level & up

On sale now (click on Age Group to be taken through to TryBooking)

Booking Terms & Conditions can be found below.

Classes will be held at The McDonald College, 17 George St, North Strathfield



Students from the Elite Masterclass Series have the possibility of being a recipient of a 2-week, short-term stay at the discretion of Houston Ballet Academy and Vicki Attard. Intake dates available for May 2018 or Sept – Dec 2018 only due to availability. 



Former Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet & Freelance Ballet Coach

Vicki has an extensive and impressive history on stage, stemming from over 15 years as a Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet, which included international tours to London, Greece, Italy, China and Russia.

She has worked as the Ballet Mistress for the Dancers Company Tours, and assisted Stanton Welch in re-staging Madame Butterfly with The National Ballet of Canada, Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and The Australian Ballet. Vicki has also produced her own ballet DVD, My Pointe, which is a unique program designed for young dancers and teachers. Most recently Vicki was appointed Interim Director of the Houston Ballet Academy for 14 months by Houston Ballet Artistic Director, Mr. Stanton Welch AM where she oversaw 1,000+ pre-professional students as well as the second company HBII.


Professor of Ballet, University of Music & Theatre, Munich

Olivier Vercoutère graduated from the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart before becoming a member of the Stuttgart Ballet. In 1995, he joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich before joining the Deutsche Oper Berlin until 1999 when he rejoined the company in Munich and was promoted to Soloist in 2004. Olivier studied Ballet Pedagogy from 2008-2010 at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich and retired from the stage as a dancer after a 20 year career in 2014. He is now a Professor of Ballet at the Munich Ballet Academy and a Ballet Master to the Junior company of the Bavarian State Ballet.

Olivier is also a guest teacher for the Danse Suisse summer school, Tokyo City Ballet and is a member of the jury for the Japan Grand Prix.


Former Sydney Dance Company & The McDonald College

Gina’s career highlights include Clara in Sir Peter Wright’s Nutcracker, the Firebird in Graeme Murphy’s Firebird, Canari fairy/bluebird in Stanton Welch’s Sleeping Beauty, Second ballerina in Ballet Imperial by George Balanchine, the Mistress in Manon, and various featured roles in Don Quixote, Dyad 1929, Por Vos Meuro, Apollo, Stepping Stones, Rites, The Concert and many more. Gina won the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award in 2006. In 2007, she was Principal Guest Artist with The Dancers Company.

In 2009, Gina went to London and Barcelona as Principal Guest Artist with English National Ballet and later that same year in the Fall for Dance Season in New York. In 2010, Gina had the great privilege of performing with David Hallberg in Sir Peter Wright’s Nutcracker and Alexander Campbell in Coppelia. Gina retired from The Australian Ballet at the end of 2010.


Choreographer, Teacher & Performer

Olivia has directed and choreographed a range of events for companies such as Sydney Olympic Park Authority’s Kids in the Park, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Cracker Comedy Festival, Dreamworld, Belvoir Street, Ensemble Theatre, COFA-College of Fine Arts, Newtown Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre, Short+Sweet, Next Wave Festival, Entertainment Alliance, Marrickville Council, Chinese New Year, Luna Park, Conservatorium of Music, Youth America Grand Prix and The Studio, Sydney Opera House.



We understand that you may have questions and we encourage you to read the EMS FAQ page before getting in touch.


Students and families travelling from outside of Sydney for EMS will need to make their own arrangements as this is not offered on-site. We have a list of suggestions in our Accommodation Information Sheet.



We offer a 50% refund (upon presentation of a medical certificate) to students who have sustained an injury or are sick. Full details can be found in our FAQ information sheet (link above).


Further enquiries and interest for our Waiting List can be directed to our Head of Ballet, Jane Kesby, by calling (02) 9752 0621 or by emailing kesbyj@mcdonald.nsw.edu.au.