Launching extraordinary artistic careers

The Jette Parker Young Artist Program is an apprenticeship program which fosters the talents of gifted young dancers at the start of their professional careers.

Jette Parker Young Artist Program

This Program allows dancers from Australia and around the world to access elite training designed to refine their technique and gain valuable industry knowledge before becoming company artists. Through performance opportunities and world-class mentoring, this introduction to a professional dance career allows dancers to soar in years to come.

Jette Parker Young Artists often move seamlessly into Queensland Ballet as company artists, and other alumni have secured contracts with international and Australian ballet companies.

Jette Parker Young Artist Program and Oak Foundation

In 2014, Alan and Jette Parker of Oak Foundation, Geneva, offered a visionary, multi-year grant which enabled us to establish Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker Young Artist Program. The condition of Oak’s pledge was that we match the funding with Australian philanthropy. Donors who support the Jette Parker Young Artist Program contribute to the required match-funding, ensuring that Queensland Ballet can continue to offer this exceptional dancer training program.

Now, our Jette Parker Young Artists seize opportunities to learn and explore their profession. They are encouraged to grow and mature into capable, artistically vibrant dancers with the knowledge and skills to sustain a satisfying and creative career.

How to support the Jette Parker Young Artist Program

For a minimum donation of $25,000, Jette Parker Young Artist Program supporters are welcomed into an exclusive group of like-minded arts lovers who are deeply inspired by young talent and developing their potential. During the year, we are pleased to provide updates on the Program and opportunities to get to know our Jette Parker Young Artists.

We welcome a conversation with you about your support for this Program. Please contact our Development Team on +61 7 3013 6660 or email

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Neneka Yoshida

Read the story of Neneka Yoshida as a Jette Parker Young Artist, before becoming Principal Artist

Georgia Swan

Read how Georgia Swan made her way through the ranks at Queensland Ballet, including the Jette Parker Young Artist Program.

Callum Mackie

Read how Callum began his ballet journey, dancing through the Jette Parker Young Artist Program and beyond.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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