McDonald College (The)

McDonald College (The)

17 George Street
NSW 2137

02 9752 0500 or 02 9752 0507



We have always been famous for our excellence in classical ballet training - today our performance offering is varied and includes:
- Classical Ball
- Contemporary Dance (Sydney Dance Compan
- Commercial Dance.
The McDonald College is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational Kindergarten - Year 12 school. We specialise in performing arts and elite sports, with an equal focus on academic rigour through to the HSC.
In dance, we offer Classical Ballet, Commercial Dance, and our Senior Contemporary Dance program (Years 10 - 12), partnering with Sydney Dance Company.
Students are offered many performance opportunities throughout the year, including at our High Performance Season, An Evening of Classical Ballet, showcases, eisteddfod groups, and more.
We can provide up to 45 boarders of all genders from Years 7 - 12 with a home away from home.
Our dance alumni include Lachlan Monaghan (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Harrison Lee (The Royal Ballet in London); Jordan Micallef (National Ballet of Canada); Amanda McGuigan, Rohan Furnell, Hugo Humapit & Daniel Idaszak (Australian Ballet); Emily Flannery & Glory Tuohy-Daniell (Bangarra Dance Theatre); Sienna Green & Alexander Idaszak (Queensland Ballet); and Dimitri Kleioris & Simon Plant (Sydney Dance Company).
Main Subjects
We teach Kindergarten through to Year 12 (NSW HSC).
Dance streams include Classical Ballet, Commercial Dance and Contemporary Danc.
Other performing arts streams include Acting, Music, Musical Theatre, Elite Tennis and Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Contact Hours
Primary School up to 8 hours per week.
Secondary School up to 10 hours per week.
A passion for performance and skill level commensurate with age.
Our highly experienced staff are professional, personable, and passionate. Many of our staff have been at the top of their career, are still active in their chosen field on a professional basis and stay current via professional development.
Auditions Date
We hold a series of Auditions for entry into Years 5 - 11 throughout the year, in addition to Open Days and Mornings. The Principal's Tours are available by Appointment.
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Audition Requirements
Ballet (45 mins - 1 hour)
- Wear classical ballet attire. Girls can bring pointe shoes if applicable.
- You will participate in an open classical ballet class.
Dance (45 mins - 1 hour)
- Wear appropriate dance attire. Bring jazz shoes and tap shoes if applicable.
- You will participate in a dance class. The class will include a brief warm-up, jazz and tap combinations.
Senior Contemporary Dance
- Wear appropriate dance attire and shoes.
- You will participate in a dance class. The class will include a brief warm-up.
Academic test
- All prospective students are also required to take an academic test to assess literacy and numeracy (45 mins).
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Scholarship or Subsidies
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Possible Career Options
Classical ballet companies, commercial dance, acting, contemporary performing arts companies and musicals - on stage or behind the scenes. Because we place equal emphasis on academic performance, many of our graduates also go on to successful careers in the business world.

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