American dance star’s very Aussie guilty pleasure

The Age has asked prominent Victorians to reveal their favourite places and activities of the summer holiday season.

Today’s instalment comes from David Hallberg, the artistic director of the Australian Ballet. The celebrated American dancer, who has been principal dancer with Russia’s famous Bolshoi Ballet, lives in Melbourne after starting his role in 2021.

David Hallberg, the artistic director of the Australian Ballet, loves a Melbourne sunset.Credit:Sydney Morning Herald

What does a Victorian/Melbourne summer mean to you?
Long bike rides, snaking through the city before long pub nights with friends and a pint.

First place you take visitors?
South Melbourne Market.

South Melbourne Market.Credit:Bloomberg

Secret spot you escape to?
My balcony, overlooking the city, with the sunset. Secret as no one can get there except me.

The best summer food is…
The Happy Mexican on Hoddle Street, Abbotsford.

I know it’s summer when I smell…
Suntan lotion on my hands.

My favourite summer song is…
Malibu by Kim Petras.

German singer-songwriter Kim Petras performs at the Lollapalooza.

The worst thing about summer is…
The desperate need for sun that you don’t know you will get.

Guilty pleasure?
Cold, fresh Carlton Draft.

-with Kerry O’Brien

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