Northmead High student a dance trooper

Dance days: Northmead High student Cameron Doherty  (in grey t-shirt at far right) with the Balletboyz mentors and other student dancers on Friday.

Dance days: Northmead High student Cameron Doherty (in grey t-shirt at far right) with the Balletboyz mentors and other student dancers on Friday.

A broken arm didn’t deter Cameron Doherty from taking part in an elite dance masterclass.

The year 8 student at Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School was one of 15 public high school students selected to attend two days of workshops with British troupe Balletboyz at the Sydney Opera House last week.

Cameron, who is part of the NSW State Dance Ensemble, managed to do all the leg and body movement elements of the workshops and observed the rest.

“It’s amazing, what you can learn by watching and listening,” he said.

“I will be taking so much back to school, especially what I’ve learned about choreography.

“Their style of dance is very contemporary and abstract. It was great to learn what makes various movements look so good.”

Troupe members Leon Poulton, Adam Kirkham, Andrea Carrucciu and Bradley Waller were mentors.

Between them they have performed around the world including in Denmark, Switzerland and England.

The masterclass program is a NSW Department of Education and Communities’ Arts Unit initiative designed to provide student performers with meaningful arts experiences.

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