Posted March 26th, 2018 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Part Time Academy News, Performances by Classical Coaching

11 students of the Tanya Pearson Academy were selected for The Finals of the 2018 Royal Academy of Dance Isobel Anderson and Joan & Monica Halliday Awards which took place at the Science Theatre, UNSW on Sunday 25 March.

We congratulate all our Finalists and in particular wish to aknowledge the following students who were awarded places and awards:

The 2018 Isobel Anderson Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Dancer

Awarded to Academy student – Grace Carroll (15yrs).

The 2018 Martin Rubinstein Award for Encouragement

Awarded to Academy student Lincoln Sharp.

 Advanced 1

The Bloch Award  – Audrey Freeman

Advanced Foundation

The Bloch Award – Saskia Blake 


Winner – Grace Frazer-Sneddon (Student of  The Central School of Dance and Senior Transition Student of the Tanya Pearson Academy)

Intermediate Foundation

Winner  – Stephanie McQuire (formerly of The Ballet Class, Rose Bay)

Grade 5

Winner  – Mia Atkinson

Runner up – Lucelle Davis

Grade 4

Runner up  – Anabella Seccombe (former student of Joanne Grace Academy)

The Bloch Award  - Sophia Hudson

Grace Carroll (15yrs) – Winner of the 2018 Isobel Anderson Memorial Award. Photo by PureDynamics Photography.



Academy student Cameron Holmes, offered contract with the Australian Ballet

Posted February 15th, 2018 in Full Time Academy News, General, Performances, Sydney City Youth Ballet by Classical Coaching

Pre Professional student Cameron Holmes (recently turned 19)  has been offered a corps de ballet contract with The Australian Ballet, commencing immediately.

Cameron has been training full time at The Tanya Pearson Academy since the start of 2016 under Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn and full time teaching faculty. It has been his number 1 goal since joining the Academy to remain dancing professionally in Australia, passing up opportunities to study  overseas and trusting in the training he was receiving at the Academy to pursue this goal.

In 2017 Cameron embraced the opportunity to perform as an extra with the Australian Ballet in their 2017 Sydney season of The Story of Clara. Company and was then offered the opportunity to perform as The Prince in their recent touring season of “StoryTime – A Sleeping Beauty”.

Some of Cameron’s recent highlights whilst being at the Tanya Pearson Academy include winning the 2017  Cecchetti International Ballet Competition in Florence, being Runner Up Winner of the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Ballet Scholarship, being overall winner of the 2017 Alana Haines Competition in NZ. In September 2017 Cameron also performed Le Corsaire Pas de Deux at the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s season of TOGETHER LIVE.

Photo @eriksawaya


Academy students performing with The Australian Ballet

Posted November 17th, 2017 in Full Time Academy News, General, Performances by Classical Coaching

We congratulate 5 of our full-time students who will be performing this December with The Australian Ballet in their season of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

These students are Emma Jane Tuck, Tatum Stanley, Max Herringe, Kendall Gray and Sam Moredo.

In addition two of our Academy part time students – Mia Atkinson and Lucelle Davis will be performing in ALICE as “hedgehogs”. What a tremendous experience for all.

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