The ballet boy

A candid memoir from David McAllister
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January–February 2021, no. 428
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The ballet boy

A candid memoir from David McAllister
by
January–February 2021, no. 428

David McAllister, known affectionately as ‘Daisy’ to his fellow dancers, completed this memoir just as Covid-19 put paid to the exciting program he had devised for his final year as artistic director of the Australian Ballet. In spite of the cancelled world premières, McAllister makes no complaint about what must surely have been a disappointing finale to a stellar career, but he remains upbeat, turning his hand to modest ‘Dancing with David’ videos, alongside the company’s filmed performances and the Bodytorque.Digital program.

McAllister is retiring from the Australian Ballet after forty years, twenty of them as artistic director. He is the longest-serving AD in the company’s history, an indication of his competence, vision, popularity, and determination. He attributes some of his success to luck, as well as to the mentorship of luminaries in the world of ballet, but he admits that a competitive nature drove him to prove the naysayers wrong. What would have stopped many of us in our tracks added fuel to McAllister’s passion for dance.

Carol Middleton reviews 'Soar: A life freed by dance' by David McAllister with Amanda Dunn

Soar: A life freed by dance

by David McAllister with Amanda Dunn

Thames & Hudson, $39.99 hb, 247 pp

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