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 Cusack has a long history with ballet which began before she was born. Her grandmother worked in the office 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 have included media relations, coordinating the education and public programs and philanthropy. She returned in 2018 as The Australian Ballet’s Archive and Records Manager. Throughout her time at The Australian Ballet Donna has received the Ian McCrae scholarship to spend time with the major ballet companies of NYC and returned to the USA in 2015 upon being awarded the Noel Pelly scholarship. Donna has led Renaissance Tours to China, Germany, London and Paris as well as a number of Australian ballet lovers’ tours.


Current Tours:

Christmas Ballet Spectacular  |  16 – 27 December 2023 (12 days)

Brisbane Ballet Weekend  |  19 – 22 April 2024 (4 days)

European Summer Ballet Spectacular  |  01 – 14 July 2024 (14 days)



“Donna is always helpful and caring, and on top of that, a fount of knowledge about all things ballet.”
Aletta V.  |  Mariinsky Ballet Festival, 2020


“Organised, interesting, informative lectures, lovely forthright manner, supportive, knowledgeable, energetic and professional. A delight to have as our tour leader.”
Judith L.  |  Classical Ballets of Europe, 2019


“Donna was incredible. Genuine, friendly, helpful and very well organised. Nothing was too much trouble. My first tour with Renaissance and I’m very impressed.”
Glenys H.  |  La Scala Ballet in Brisbane, 2018


“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