Elite Masterclass Series

Photo: Lachlan Monaghan. Courtesy of Birmingham Royal Ballet & Richard Battye

The McDonald College Elite Masterclass Series returns in 2021 with an esteemed Australian teaching faculty led by David McAllister AM (The Australian Ballet) and accompanied by Rani Luther (Queensland Ballet) and special guests. This April school holiday program aims to give students exposure to some of the industry’s leading ballet professionals.

Participants will undertake a range of classes including Classical Ballet, Pointe & Coaching, Variations/Repertoire, Contemporary & Yoga. This program is suitable for students with Intermediate Foundation to Advanced level training. Intake is determined by the age of the student as at 12 April 2021. Limited places only. 


12 – 14 APRIL 2021

9.00am – 4.15pm

Junior (Ages 12-14)

Senior (Ages 15-19)

$380 + $0.50 booking fee

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david mCallister

A graduate of The Australian Ballet School, Perth-born David McAllister joined The Australian Ballet in 1983. He was promoted to Senior Artist in 1986 and to Principal Artist in January 1989. Throughout his career, David made numerous guest appearances worldwide, dancing with Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Georgian State Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and, in 1992, as part of a Royal Gala performance in London in the presence of the Princess of Wales.

In 2001, David became the Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, and in 2004, was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List. He has been The Australian Ballet’s longest-serving AD, invigorating the company’s repertoire with a series of new commissions from the world’s foremost choreographers, including Alexei Ratmansky, Graeme Murphy and Wayne McGregor.

In 2019, David announced that the 2020 season would be his last with the company. In 2021, David will premiere his new production of Swan Lake for Finnish National Ballet.

rani luther

Rani Luther was born in Melbourne and attended the National Theatre Ballet School before completing her education at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Rani’s professional career began with the Kiel Ballet Company Germany in 1995 before moving to The Netherlands where she danced with world-renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre 2 and Netherlands Dance Theatre 1.

In 2003, Rani returned home to dance with The Australian Ballet, joined Sydney Dance Company in 2007 and was a Principal Dancer with Melbourne Ballet Company until 2011. Rani has worked with choreographers such as Jiri Kylián, Hans Van Manen, Paul Lightfoot, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Graeme Murphy and Rafael Bonachela. She won a gold medal at the Sanlam International Ballet Competition, South Africa 1993, was winner of the outstanding performance award in the City of Sydney Ballet Scholarship 1994 and received a nomination for best female dancer in the Green Room Award 2006 for her roles in Relic and Jiri with The Australian Ballet.

Most recently, Rani created the work Lunar for Queensland Ballet’s inaugural Synergy season in 2018, and in 2019 was appointed Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate for Queensland Ballet.

gina brescianini

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.


natasha crook

Natasha commenced her training at The McDonald College at age 12. She completed her studies at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne graduating in 1993. During Natasha’s career, she performed with three major European companies, most notably, The Nederlands Dans Theatre. She was fortunate to create and dance works by some of the most influential choreographers and artists of that time: including Jiri Kylian, Lightfoot- Leon, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Hans Van Manen, Mats Ek, Johan Inger and Nacho Duato

Upon retiring from dancing, Natasha returned to Australia where she is now a proud Mum to her three children. 


In 2021, we will continue to follow the advice from the Department of Education and NSW Health in relation to COVID-safe practices. With this in mind, our events will be subject to change and we will update information as required. The advice remains the same for all visitors to the school, which is to remain at home if you are unwell. An event cancellation due to COVID-19 will result in full refunds for all attendees. 

To accommodate social distancing, our EMS classes will run in the largest studios available at the College. Common touch points, such as ballet barres, will be wiped down in between classes. Individuals and families affected by COVID-19 can refer to our FAQ page for refund information.


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.