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.

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Audrey Freeman selected for the Prix de Lausanne 2018

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Performances, Sydney City Youth Ballet by Classical Coaching

Tanya Pearson Academy Full Time student Audrey Freeman  has been selected for the 2018 Prix de Lausanne! Earlier this year 14 year old Audrey made the decision to give up competing at National level in gymnastics in order to concentrate 100% on her ballet studies. This decision and her commitment to her ballet studies is paying off.  In September Audrey was cast as Soloist to perform Le Corsaire Grand Pas de Deux in The Sydney City Youth Ballet’s season of TOGETHER LIVE under the Artistic Direction of Lucinda Dunn. Audrey then went on to take part in the Sydney YAGP Masterclasses and as a result was awarded a full years placement at the Dutch National Ballet School in Amsterdam. Audrey will be one of the youngest to take part in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne this coming February.

Audrey Freeman (14yrs)



Posted September 4th, 2015 in Full Time Academy News, General, Performances, Sydney City Youth Ballet by Classical Coaching

As the first production under the helm of newly appointed Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM, the Sydney City Youth Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER at The Concourse Chatswood from Tuesday 15 December to Sunday 20 December 2015.


With matinee and evening performances, THE NUTCRACKER will feature special guest performances from members of The Australian Ballet, Chengwu Guo and Ako Kondo!


Told in two acts of 45 minutes each, THE NUTCRACKER follows the story of the beautiful Clara who is given a Nutcracker doll by her Uncle for Christmas.


When Clara falls asleep on Christmas Eve she dreams her Nutcracker fights the Evil Rat King and his army of mice, before transforming into a handsome prince and whisking her away to the land of the beautiful sweets.


On the magical journey she encounters dancing snowflakes, chefs, cheeky clowns, Russian acrobats and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, before waking up on Christmas morning wondering if it was all a dream.


THE NUTCRACKER is the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s first production under the direction of Lucinda Dunn OAM. Lucinda was appointed as the company’s Artistic Director in January 2015 and is one of Australia’s longest serving and most celebrated prima ballerinas.


A fabulous way to celebrate the festive season, THE NUTCRACKER is perfect entertainment for the whole family! 


Tickets on sale from Friday 4 September: $35.00 – $45.00

Groups (+10): $25.00

The Concourse Box Office: 1300 795 012 or

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