Elite Masterclass Series

Photo: Erik Sawaya

In 2019, we return with our Elite Masterclass Series school holiday program for its third consecutive year. We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Dimitri Magitov (John Cranko School, Stuttgart Ballet), Rebecca Gladstone (Former Ballet Master for Dresden Semperoper Ballet), Vicki Attard (Former Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet), Olivia Ansell (Choreographer, Performer) and Gina Brescianini (2006 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award).

Elite Masterclass Series first debuted with Royal Ballet School‘s Anita Young in 2017 with the aim to give young dancers exposure to exclusive training from industry professionals from around the world. This three-day program includes Classical Ballet, Pointe & Coaching, Variations, Contemporary & Yoga, and Private Tuition (available by request).

Young to advanced students are eligible to attend, however, ballet grade will also be taken into consideration where applicable. Intake is determined by the age of the student as at 12 April 2019. 



14 – 16 APRIL 2019

9.00am – 4.15pm

Junior (Ages 11-12)

Intermediate (Ages 13-14)

Senior (Ages 15-18)


Bookings have now closed for Elite Masterclass Series 2019. 




Dimitri graduated from the Ballet Academy in Moscow in 1992 and also studied at the State Institute of Theatrical Arts at the Ballet Pedagogical Faculty. He had his first engagement with the Moscow State Theatre and went on to join the Stuttgart Ballet’s Corps de Ballet in 1996, and was later promoted to Soloist in 2004. In 2010, he then became a teacher at the John Cranko Schule’s State Ballet Academy, which is their vocational school. He represents the John Cranko Schule Stuttgart Ballet as both a judge and teacher at international competitions.


Rebecca Gladstone’s career highlights include the English National Ballet, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Dresden Semperoper Ballet. She has performed in both Principal and Soloist roles in numerous versions of the classical and contemporary repertoire and other productions from noted choreographers including Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, John Neumeier, Heinz Spoerli, Sir Peter Wright, Angelin Preljocaj, Ronald Hynd and Youri Vamos. She also works as a guest teacher with many companies throughout Europe and works as a repetiteur for the works of David Dawson.


Vicky has an extensive history on stage, stemming from over 15 years with the Australian Ballet, which included international tours to London, Greece, Italy, China and Russia. She has also worked for Dancers Company Tours, The National Ballet of Canada, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Ballet Academy. She has also produced her own ballet DVD, My Pointe, which is a unique program designed for young dancers and teachers. Her most recent working credit includes working as an Interim Director of the Houston Ballet Academy.


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.


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. She retired from The Australian Ballet at the end of 2010.


Students from the Elite Masterclass Series have the possibility of being a recipient of a 1-2 week short term stay scholarship at the discretion of Dimitri Magitov to attend the John Cranko School, Stuttgart. This stay is inclusive of daily classes (Classical, Pas de Deux, Character, German, Ballet History), school rehearsal viewings and opportunity to view a performance at the Stuttgart Ballet. The selected candidate also has the opportunity to audition for a full year scholarship at the John Cranko School. 



Private lessons cost $100 per hour and are to be paid directly to the teacher on the day of tuition. Please email Jane Kesby, Head of Classical Ballet, at kesbyj@mcdonald.nsw.edu.au to request a private lesson with your name, age, contact details and length of private lesson with the requested teacher. Places are limited.



We do not provide accommodation, however, there are several options available to those travelling from regional and interstate areas. You can find more information on our Accommodation Information Sheet.



We encourage families to read our Frequently Asked Questions page to answer common enquiries and procedures regarding public transport, refunds, preparation and more.