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Our jury: Cameron McMillan

Posted 5 June 2013 at 15:57

Cameron McMillan is a versatile dancer with a classical education. In 1997, he graduated from the Australian School of Ballet in Melbourne, and a year later he was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Adeline Genée Awards competition at the Royal Dance Academy, and began his career with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. In the same year, as a representative of his company, he claimed the First Prize of the Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo. In 2001 he moved to London and was admitted to the English National Ballet as a soloist, and made guest appearances in classical roles. Only two years later, he decided to join the world-famous Rambert Dance Company. At this moment he is an independent choreographer, dancer, teacher, and artist related to the DanceEast (the National Dance Agency of the East Anglia region).

As a dancer, McMillan finds his place in contemporary dance and dance theatre with the same freedom he feels in classical ballet. During his career, he has made solo appearances with many recognised companies, including Australian Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company and the Bonachela Dance Company.

As a choreographer, he’s primarily inspired by the “physical potential of the body and movement itself. Human relationships and our attempt to understand them.” His first work, Unsuspecting View, came as early as 1999 and was produced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He has also worked on choreographies for Into to Dance, Transitions Dance Company, the English National Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet and the company Ballet Pécs (Hungary), amongst others.

Asked for the message he would like to share, in his capacity of a member of the jury, with the Eurovision contest participants, he answered “Work hard, be true to yourself, both question and love what you do! It sounds corny but these things really do matter!”

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