Premier State Ballet

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Premier State Ballet Youth Ballet Company provides the opportunity for students from The McDonald College, The McDonald After Hours Program, and external auditioned students to become members of a pre-professional ballet company. 

For nearly 30 years, The McDonald College has managed the Premier State Ballet. Students (both from the College and elsewhere) aged 12 – 18 years can audition to become a member of this pre-professional ballet company.

Each year (COVID-restrictions not withstanding), the PSB performs three shows of either a full-length ballet production or a triple bill. The performances are held at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, in mid-September and are enjoyed by audiences across Sydney.

Premier State Ballet is directed by former Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet Joshua Consandine and assisted by The McDonald College’s Head of Ballet, Jane Kesby. Rehearsals are held on Saturday afternoons and members must be prepared to work throughout the July school holiday period and to attend rehearsals whenever called by the Artistic Director.

PSB Alumni includes:

  • Robert Curran Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet
  • Amanda McGuigan Australian Ballet
  • Damian Smith Principal Artist, San Francisco Ballet
  • Lachlan Monaghan Birmingham Ballet
  • Terence Kohler Artistic Director, International Summer School
  • Serena Green Queensland Ballet
  • Kayla-Maree Tarantolo Scottish Ballet
  • Harrison Lee Royal Ballet
  • Lauren Songberg English National Ballet School

For information about our 2022 Premier State Ballet, please get in touch:

02 9752 0500
reception@mcdonald.nsw.edu.au