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The St. Marys Star
January 25, 2011

Minchinbury dancer Cameron Holmes, 12, was born to dance.


He’s living every young ballet dancer’s dream after he successfully auditioned as an interstate/international student at Australian Ballet School in Melbourne.

2011 will be a big year for Cameron, who’s also school captain at Minchinbury Public School.

Cameron is honoured to get the golden opportunity. ‘‘I kind of thought I had a chance of getting in as I felt good coming out of the auditions, knowing I had done my best,’’ he told the Star. ‘‘I feel lucky and am excited about meeting new dancers. My hopes are to get better and improve.’’

He will travel to Melbourne several times this year for intensive classes and will re-audition for his spot each year for the next three years.

Classical ballet is in Cameron’s genes, who has danced since he was two.

Mum Donna has taught dance for 27 years and runs Donna Jeans Danceforce in Minchinbury. Her former students include Plumpton-raised Steven McRae, who’s now a principal dancer with London’s Royal Ballet.

Sister Monique, now 14, starred alongside Cameron in the musical Billy Elliott two years ago.

Cameron insisted he doesn’t get a hard time from his mates about [his dancing].

[He] played soccer for five years before he shifted his focus on dancing. ‘‘It makes me feel masculine and strong,’’ he said. ‘‘I feel free when I dance.’’

His favourite dancer is former Sydney Dance Company member Joshua Consadine and recently had Summer School workshops.

‘‘Josh told how great it was for Cameron to be so humble, which was a nice as a parent to hear,’’ Mrs Holmes said.

‘‘I’m extremely proud as the Australia Ballet School is difficult to get into.’’

If Cameron can maintain his spot at the Australia Ballet School, he will eventually move to Melbourne full-time, a prospect Mrs Holmes dreads. She may be forced to decide whether to relocate the family or for Cameron move down on his own and board at the school.

‘‘I don’t what what we’re going to do if it happens,’’ she said.

‘‘He has put his heart and soul into dancing and I would hate to hold him back. But we’ve got two other kids and the studio here to think about.’


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