Case studies —
The Ford Burnett Foundation
Thanks to a generous donation from the Ford Burnett Foundation, Queensland Ballet has established an on-site wellness facility, including a fully-equipped gymnasium, at the Thomas Dixon Centre. This has proved an invaluable resource to assist our dancers in maintaining optimum fitness levels and well-being during each demanding performance season.
The Ian Potter Foundation
Under Li Cunxin’s artistic direction, one of Queensland Ballet’s key strategic priorities is the development of a truly world class training program. The Ian Potter Foundation has provided seed funding towards this, with a grant to assist Director of Training, Christian Tatchev, to undertake an international study tour to some of the world’s best ballet institutions, including Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet.
The Jani Haenke Charitable Trust
The Jani Haenke Charitable Trust has pledged a three-year transformational grant to enable Queensland Ballet to introduce an International Guest Artist program. This program will bring incredible versatility to the Company and our audiences. In 2013, Huang Jun Shuang, former Principal at the Houston Ballet, joins Queensland Ballet as its first Guest International Principal.
Khitercs Hirai Foundation
The Trustees of the Khitercs Hirai Foundation provided funding for Company dancer, Guy Wheatstone, to undertake a scholarship in New York, working with renowned ballet master and teacher, Wilhelm Burmann.
Oak Foundation funds organisations around the globe. Through its support of Queensland Ballet, Oak Foundation is enabling the company to develop its programs to a world class standard.
Patricia MacDonald Foundation
A supporter of Queensland Ballet for many years, the Patricia MacDonald Foundation provides an annual gift to support the training of talented young dancers embarking on a professional career.
Pratt Foundation is supporting the development of Queensland Ballet’s artistic program with a grant towards mounting its 2013 season production of Ershter Vals, by Chinese choreographer Ma Cong.
RBS Morgans Foundation
The RBS Morgans Foundation is partnering with Queensland Ballet to deliver its Pas de Deux program. This initiative gives young people from schools and community groups with limited resources the opportunity to attend one of our mainstage performances at no cost, ensuring that as many young people as possible can experience the beautiful art form of ballet.
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
A three-year commitment from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation has enabled Queensland Ballet to launch QBLearn, its youth and education program, including the appointment of the Company’s first Education Manager. Crucially, the three-year grant will allow time to embed QBLearn at the heart of Queensland Ballet’s work.