Camille Erskine

Head of the Senior School

ARAD, BA

Born in Sydney, Camille commenced dancing at the age of six in Sydney and attended The McDonald College on full scholarship, which enabled her to continue both her academic studies and her ballet training. Camille achieved Honours/ Highly Commended in all of her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations. She graduated Dux of the College in 1999 and while accepted into university, deferred these studies to pursue her passion for dance.

Camille trained three years full-time at the New Zealand School of Dance, Wellington, under Garry Trinder MNZM. Camille was an apprentice dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2001 and 2002, and was also chosen to perform in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s National Tour of Swan Lake in 2002. After graduating with a National Diploma in Dance Performance, she travelled to Europe in 2003 to pursue her goal of joining a European classical ballet company.

Camille successfully auditioned and was offered a contract with the Czech National Ballet in Prague, where she subsequently danced numerous roles from a range of ballets from the classical and contemporary repertoire. Career highlights in Prague were performing soloist roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Mazalová’s Swan Lake, Vàmos’s The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, and Bournonville’s La Sylphide, as well as roles in other classical ballets such as Cranko’s Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Raymonda, and Napoli, as well as in contemporary pieces including a duet in Santa Says Cut It! and Zuska’s Solo for Three.

After 7 years with the Czech National Ballet, Camille joined the Ballet of the National Theatre Brno, Czech Republic. With the Company for 5 years, she danced many demi-soloist and soloist roles in all the ballets including Pas de Trois, Lead Swans and Spanish in Swan Lake; Pas de Quatre, Principal Shades and Indian in La Bayadère; a Soloist in Uwe Scholz’s The Creation of the World; The Queen in Snow White and a Soloist in Libor Vaculík’s Edith Piaf.

Camille toured throughout Europe with both ballet companies to Denmark, Finland, Italy, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Poland and Germany.

As well as her professional ballet career, Camille studied simultaneously a Bachelor of Arts part-time, externally through the University of New England. Majoring in French and Italian, with Accounting and Law electives, she achieved a High Distinction average, becoming a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She was also named a 2017 and 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar of UNE. In addition to dancing and her university studies, Camille learnt to speak Czech fluently and was the official Czech-English translator and editor for the National Theatre Brno.

After a very fulfilling career, Camille retired from dancing in 2015 and returned to Sydney in August 2015. Since returning to Australia, Camille has taught both junior and senior level dance students and was jointly the main senior classical ballet and repertoire teacher at the 2016 and 2017 Ecole Summer School. Since 2017, Camille has been teaching senior students at Ecole in classical ballet, repertoire, coaching and performance. Camille now wishes to pass on to the younger generation her professional expertise, insight and knowledge in the area of dance, nurturing a love of dance among the students.