Associate Artistic Director
Danilo Radojevic, a dancer with a dynamic style and exceptional technical skill, catapulted to international status at the age of 19 when he won the Gold Medal at the 1977 International Ballet Competition in Moscow, the only Australian to win this prestigious award throughout the Moscow competition's long history. Soon after, Danilo left The Australian Ballet to become a Soloist with American Ballet Theatre in New York. He remained with the company for 15 years, visiting his homeland in 1978 and 1979 with Stars of the World Ballet and in 1991 with Rudolf Nureyev's last tour. Danilo was promoted to Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre by Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1981 and performed the leading roles in many of the classics, often alternating with Baryshnikov himself. After retiring from dancing, Danilo taught at American Ballet Theatre, New York Dance Studios and leading universities in California, gaining a reputation as an outstanding technical coach. He returned to join the ballet staff of The Australian Ballet in 1997 at the invitation of former Artistic Director Ross Stretton. Danilo was appointed Associate Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet in July 2001.