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    David McAlister AM

David McAllister joined the Australian Ballet in 1983 and was promoted to principal artist in 1989. During his time with the company, he danced many principal roles and in 1985 won Bronze at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow.

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 2000 David became Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List.