The Friends of The Australian Ballet is the principal support group in NSW for The Australian Ballet.
The Friends raise funds by offering our members exclusive entrée to The Australian Ballet with events including:
- Attendance at The Australian Ballet final dress rehearsals
- Attendance at Behind the Scenes events
- Access to programs and special events including Forums and Talks by dance and theatre specialists and practitioners
- Film Screenings of International Dance events
- Welcome reception for the new dancers – an exclusive opportunity for friends to meet and support the dancers new to the company
- High Tea - an opportunity to celebrate dance and ballet with current and former stars of the ballet
- Cocktail functions and luncheons with special guests from The Australian Ballet alumni.
Since its inception in 1973, the Friends has:
- Sold over ½ million tickets to members for The Australian Ballet dress rehearsals
- Donated millions of dollars in support of The Australian Ballet
- Presented over 400 events
- Held 40 major events
Each year the Friends raises much needed funds for The Australian Ballet and sell 3,000 tickets to The Australian Ballet dress rehearsals at the Sydney Opera House.
The Friends is also committed to the development of new talent, by providing scholarships for dancers with The Australian Ballet Company and students of The Australian Ballet School. As an advocate for all forms of dance in Australia the Friends supports organisations such as the Royal Academy of Dance, AusDance, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Company.
Council Members as at July 2018:
Greg Khoury (Chairman)
Greg Khoury is a director with the Century Venues Entertainment Group and is CEO of The Concourse at Chatswood. He specialises in theatre production and venue management.
Alan Jackson (Deputy Chair)
Alan Jackson was the proprietor of a company in the hospitality industry and has had a long association with Ballet and the Arts.
Bruce Pollack (Deputy Chair)
Bruce Pollack is a Publicity Consultant working in Arts Entertainment having arranged media campaigns for many staged musicals and theatrical presentations, orchestral and solo concerts and major arts launches.
Gary Polivnick (Treasurer)
Gary Polivnick is a director of Gary Polivnick Consulting and works as an outsourced Chief Financial Officer for various companies including not-for-profit organisations.
Tanya Barrington is an energetic worker supporting charities and has been involved in fund raising activities for a number of years. Tanya has a great interest in the Arts, particularly Ballet.
Robert McCormack is a retired lawyer who specialised in Corporate law, Entertainment law and Agribusiness. He is a former Vice-Chairman (6years), Chairman (9years) of the Friends and has been a Councillor since 1991.In 2016 Robert was awarded an AM in the Order of Australia for his services to the Performing Arts, Charitable Organisations and to the Community.
Jeremy Moller is a leading risk and compliance lawyer. He joined FAB as a Voluntary Council Associate in 2016, before being appointed to the Council in 2018. Jeremy was drawn to ballet having grown up attending performances with his mother and this has influenced his keen interest in the Arts.
Fiona Thornton runs her own consultancy company specializing in change management and customer relationship management. She is an avid fan of the ballet and the Arts in general.
Lena Peacock is an accomplished marketing and communications professional with substantial experience in the creative and performing arts.
The Friends of the Australian Ballet would like to thank its team of dedicated volunteers without whom we could not exist. Their assistance with administration and event duties allows us to produce the high quality events that we all enjoy.
The Friends of The Australian Ballet are always looking for volunteer help to support us in our activities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer send your details to email@example.com with an expression of interest.