Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Donna Cusack

Donna’s association with ballet began before she was born! Her grandmother worked at the iconic J.C. Williamson’s Theatre, and her mother took ballet lessons from renowned ballerina of her era, and artist of the Borovansky Ballet, Ms Edna Busse.

Donna worked at The Australian Ballet between 2004 and 2016 where her various roles included media relations, coordinating the education and public programs, and philanthropy, and returned in 2018 to work as The Australian Ballet archivist.

In 2009 Donna was awarded the Ian McCrae Scholarship to spend time with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, NY Public Library, The Balanchine Trust and Jerome Robbins Foundation. In 2015 she again spent time in New York upon receiving the Noel Pelly Scholarship as well as leading The Australian Ballet patrons’ tour to China with Renaissance Tours. Donna led Renaissance Tours’ Christmas Ballet Spectacular tour to Germany, Paris and London in 2017.


Current Tours:

Classical Ballets of Europe  |  22 June – 03 July 2019 (12 days)

Mariinsky Ballet Festival  |  March 2020 (13 days)



“Donna was better than excellent! Her delightful personality and knowledge of the ballet world really added to my enjoyment of the tour.”
Judy L.  |  Christmas Ballet Spectacular 2017


“Donna was a delight, mindful and caring of each of the travellers. Her research for talks was excellent. Always cheerful and enthusiastic!”
Lou H.  |  Christmas Ballet Spectacular 2017


“Donna was a very bubbly, enthusiastic leader. She ensured everyone was always well-informed, provided plenty of performance background, never hurried anyone and allowed plenty of time to enjoy all activities.”
Margot D.  |  Christmas Ballet Spectacular 2017