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


Audrey Freeman (14yrs) winner of the YAGP Paris 2017

Posted November 13th, 2017 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General by Classical Coaching

Audrey Freeman (14yrs) has been awarded 1st place in both the Classical and Contemporary Woman’s Junior Division of the YAGP Paris. Audrey performed two classical solos (Gamzatti and Kitri) and two contemporary solos choreographed by Adam Blanch.

In addition to being awarded 1st place, Audrey received full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School, the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School NY and the Munich Academy. Audrey was also awarded a full year placement to the Dutch National Ballet School recently from the YAGP Sydney Masterclasses.

Audrey is currently in Level 2 of the Full Time Classical Ballet Programme with Lucinda Dunn as her main classical ballet teacher.

We congratulate Audrey and all her teachers on this remarkable achievement.

Photos courtesy of Taylor Brandt Photography, Erik Sawaya Photography & Winkipop.

Strong representation by TPCCA students at The 2017 Royal Academy of Dance Isobel Anderson Awards

Posted March 27th, 2017 in Competitions, Full Time Academy News, General, Part Time Academy News by Classical Coaching

11 students from the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy (TPCCA) were selected this year as Finalists in the RAD Isobel Anderson and Joan & Monica Halliday Awards. This year saw a record number of entrants for this competition – over 500 in total from accross NSW.


TPCCA was represented accross many levels in the Finals from Grace 3 through to the most senior Award level being Advanced 1. In the Advanced 1 Award level, TPCCA students represented 3 out of the 5 Finalists.


We congratulate our Awards recipients and Finalists:


Grade 3

Mia Atkinson – Winner of the Grade 3 Isobel Anderson Award

Hannah McElligot – Finalist


Grade 5

Angus McLachlan – Finalist

Lucy Kaplan – Finalist



Max Herrenge – Finalist

Licoln Sharp – Finalist

Kelly Keesing – Finalist


Advanced Foundation

Audrey Freeman – Finalist & Recipient of the BLOCH Award


Advanced 1

Sophie Smith – Winner of the Advanced 1 Award & The Martin Rubenstein Award

Rose Dalton – Finalist & Recipient of the BLOCH Award

Isaac Shaw – Finalist


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