Cameron Holmes, Second Scholarship Winner in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Cameron Holmes, winner of the second scholarship for best dancer of the opposite sex in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Sydney Eisteddfod about his biggest inspirations and what he has learnt from his Sydney Eisteddfod experience. He also discussed the pieces he performed in the Final, Basilio's Variation, Act 3 from Don Quixote and Burdened.
What inspired your passion for ballet?
From the time I started dancing I always enjoyed ballet but my passion grew when I played small boy in Billy Elliot the Musical. Each night prior to performing I would stand in the wings and watch the older boys dance. I was captivated by the energy and freedom of movement, and was drawn to ballet from that moment on.
Who inspired you to start dancing?
I guess my mum was my inspiration for starting ballet. She introduced me to dancing at a very young age as she ran a dance school and I was always there at the studio with her, so it was hard for me not to fall in love with dance.
You chose to perform 'Basilio's Variation, Act 3' from Don Quixote in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final, tell us a little bit about this piece.
The Classical Variation I chose to perform is from the Ballet, “Don Quixote”. My character Basilio, is very charismatic and witty which made this role so intriguing to play. It’s a fun and entertaining solo with a lot of energy that really captures the audience.
Tell us a little bit about the free variation you also performed.
The free variation I performed is a piece called ‘Burdened’. This piece initially came about by working with my sister and mum to a piece of music that I felt a great connection to. This then evolved into my own choreography and a storyline was developed depicting the struggle to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life that plague our minds.
Which other performers do you most like to watch, and why?
I don’t have any favourite ballet dancers as they are all very different from one another and unique in their own way.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
You’ve worked hard now enjoy the moment.
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
I have learnt that no matter matter how much preparation you put in, it all comes down to the moment in class and onstage. So do your best and make it count.