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Artistic Director

Originally from Port Macquarie, Australia, Darren McIntyre is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School where he was the recipient of The Dame Peggy Van Praagh Award for Choreography, The Sir Robert Helpmann Bursary, The Young Australian of The Year Arts Award & was a Bronze Medalist at the Society of Dance Awards Australia.

Darren was selected to represent Australia at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and was invited to represent The USA at The 4th International Ballet Festival of South America in Colombia. Mr. McIntyre has been recognized by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) as an Artist of Extraordinary Ability.  

Mr. McIntyre has toured extensively throughout the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America, performing a wide range of both classical and contemporary works as a freelance artist and with such companies as Louisville Ballet; City Ballet of San Diego;  Milwaukee Ballet; Ajkun Ballet Theatre; The Landestheater Detmold in Germany; The National Ballet of Ireland and The Australian Ballet. This expanded his repertory to include the title roles in all the traditional repertory ballets & has also seen him featured in works by many reputable Innovative Choreographers.

Mr. McIntyre has also held the positions of Artistic Director, Montgomery Ballet; Interim Artistic Director, Lake Erie Ballet; Artistic Associate / Ballet Master with Fort Wayne Ballet; Columnist with DANCEtrain Magazine; Founder/Artistic Director of The Marianne McIntyre Memorial International Ballet Scholarship and Casting Agent at DManagement International Dance Agency.

Darren was recently a dancer/actor with New York City’s Experience ‘The Ride’ and was honored to be featured as an original cast member in the world premiere and the first Australian Tour of the new Australian hit production "BANJO" (in the title actor/dancer role of Banjo Paterson), presented by  Got Ya Back Productions, written and produced by Tim Maddren and directed by Nicholas Christo.

As a Choreographer, Mr. McIntyre has created over 30 original works & restaged and coached several full-length traditional repertory ballets. He was recently honored to be selected as a member of the Regional Dance America's National Adjudicators List and looks forward to working with them in the future.

Mr. McIntyre is excited to bring his artistic vision to Ballet Pensacola and its community.

The Synergy of Art and Life makes our world a better place, a philosophy I share wholeheartedly and an inspiration I bring fully to my work! 

I believe dance is a transient mode of expression, a language of its own, one with infinite progression and purpose. It is incredibly inspiring to be a part of a world and industry that is consistently bringing positivity, imagination and edifying values to the forefront of our society.

Our audiences consistently face daily victories, challenges and developments, allowing the art form of dance to be used as a platform of entertainment, statements and education. This can be a powerful medium for people of all walks of life. I strongly believe that “Dance is Art and Art imitates life!”

Having been an artist myself for most of my lifetime, I understand the endless boundaries that can be initiated and set in motion through movement vocabulary, which excites and empowers me to forever continuously grow as an artist, choreographer & teacher.

Throughout my professional career, I was exposed to many styles of company classes and artistic coaching, which influenced and enriched my versatility with preparations for my own dance philosophies and contributed to my open minded willingness to perception of style and technique within the dance workplace.

I strongly believe that each dancer is an individual, with different aesthetic and interpretive prerequisites to be of focus during their training, coaching and career. With that being said it is important to strengthen and instill the fundamentals both technically and artistically to create cohesive structure within a collective group of dancers or student body. I try to nurture each artist in ordinance with their weaknesses and strengths. I like to encourage dancers to push to their fullest potential and enjoy seeing them succeed in reaching their goals.

I also really enjoy re-staging & rehearsing traditional classical repertory as well as am a passionate and aspiring choreographer. Complete information about my work can be viewed on my website

Place of Birth: Glen Innes, NSW Australia

One word to describe why I do your artform: “FREEDOM

Favorite Color: Daffodil Yellow

Favorite production you have worked on: BANJO, First Australian Tour - with Got Ya Back Productions and my favorite role performed was Romeo in Romeo and Juliet!

Dream Role in the future: To become a well-rounded Choreographer in Ballet, Musicals and all arts genres and artforms.

Favorite Choreographer: David Dawson, Nacho Duato, Val Canaparoli and John Cranko to name a few…

Favorite Traditional Ballet: Romeo and Juliet,Giselle and Don Quixote

Favorite Cuisine / Dish: Satay Chicken and vegemiteof course ;)

Favorite hobby: Traveling the world and seeingBroadway shows

A Fun Fact about me: I am obsessed with Broadway Shows and I also speak German fluently! I also love everything Scottish and have lived in Australia, Europe and The USA.

What would you like your audience/community to gain from your performances/productions: A sense of Introspection, joy, innovation and generally Ijust want to move people! I believe the ‘Power of The Arts’ can be incredibly impactful, educational, hold a sense of hope and healing and overall bring positivity to a community. I hope that every audience member can take away from every performance a sense or self and have experienced their own personal journey that empowers and motivates them.

"I strive to improve each day and my emotions explore and cascade to movement. Dance is my way to communicate to a diversity of cultures with no boundaries - it is a language interpreted and understood by all. I am still very young and have much to achieve, and I believe that I have only just started"