By Kylie Stevens
St.Mary-Mt. Druitt Star
July 28, 2014
[Sydney, Australia] – Anything the girls can do Cameron Holmes can do better. The Minchinbury ballet dancer, 15, made all the right move to win the silver category at the prestigious Lucie Saranova Memorial Awards.
Cameron was selected to represent NSW [New South Wales] at the national ballet competition where he impressed adjudicators Steven Heathcote and wife Katherine, former Australian Ballet Company principal artists.
The competition consisted of an open class with nine other dancers and two solo performances. “I thought I had a chance but I couldn’t believe I won,” Cameron said.
He’s been part of the Australian Ballet School’s interstate training program since 2011. He trained at the school in Melbourne earlier this month during “boys week” with younger brother Leyton, who’s also now an interstate student.
“It was an amazing experience to dance with other boys and be taught by male teachers,” Cameron said. “It was really different to my normal lessons and it was good to have my brother there too.”
Cameron has danced since he was three and has previously appeared in musicals Billy Elliott as Small Boy and as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins.
Older sister Monique starred alongside her brother in Billy Elliott.
“My mum’s a dance teacher so it all started from there,” Cameron said. “It’s fun, challenging and I like doing all the jumps and turns.”
Mum Donna has taught dance for 30 years and runs Donna Jeans Danceforce in Minchinbury.
She taught Plumpton-raised Steven McRae, who is now a principal dancer with London’s Royal Ballet.
“I’m extremely proud of Cameron,” Mrs Holmes said.”He’ll eventually move to Melbourne to train full-time.”
Cameron insisted he doesn’t get a hard time from friends.
“I go to a performing arts high school, so dance is normal for a lot of boys there,” he said.
“It’s stupid for people think ballet is only for girls. The boys have to be really strong and athletic to lift the girls.”
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