Queensland Ballet has raised over $2 million for the fit out of its new Academy home at Kelvin Grove State College, the company announced today.

Li CunxinQueensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin. Photo © Georges Antoni

“I was blown away that people were so generous to dig deep and help us realise our dream of fitting our academy with the right people and equipment for a world class training facility here in Queensland. It promises to be not only be one of the best in Australia, but one of the best in South East Asia,” Artistic Director Li Cunxin said. “We can now confidently fit out our campus with all the facilities needed to support these young dancers to help them become the best they can.”

QB’s campaign – which will see funding go towards amenities including ballet barres, pianos and pianists for its six studios, physiotherapists and health and fitness equipment for the Wellness Suite – saw the company raise $2,170,000 in just 24 hours, with donations still arriving after the cut-off at 9am this morning.

The funding will also allow QB to provide scholarships to support students with their tuition and living expenses. “The scholarships will help students from rural background or whose families are facing financial hardship. It means they’ll now have the opportunity to train with QB Academy.  All of our young talent now has a platform from which to shine,” Li said.

All donations from the public were quadrupled by QB’s match donors, including private benefactors and corporate partners, including Tim and Gina Fairfax, Brett and Maria Clark, Ian and Cass George, Harlequin Floors and Yamaha.

The $17.7 million Ballet Academy facility, built in collaboration with the Queensland Government Department of Education, is nearing completion and set to open at the beginning of the school year in 2020.