David McAllister
David McAllister. Photo courtesy of The Australian Ballet

Learning to Soar

As David McAllister prepares to leave The Australian Ballet, he releases a new memoir

When publishers Thames & Hudson approached David McAllister about writing his memoir, he told them that he didn’t think his story was interesting enough. “Anyway, we chatted and they were very clever at appealing to my vanity!” he says.

He still wasn’t sure he’d have time to do it, so they proposed a ghostwriter. He wasn’t keen on that idea. Instead, they suggested that arts writer Amanda Dunn collaborate with him. And so it was that McAllister and Dunn co-wrote Soar: A Life Freed...