Raleigh High School Student to join American Ballet Theatre

(Raleigh)–Cameron McCune, a 17 year old high school student who trains at The Raleigh School of Ballet (RSB) has accepted an apprentice contract with American Ballet Theatre.

Mr. McCune has trained at The Raleigh School of Ballet since he was 8 years old. Additionally, he trained two summers at Miami City Ballet and one summer at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  For the last three years he has also studied privately with Gyula Pandi, a former Hungarian National Ballet Dancer and recently retired UNCSA dance faculty member.

Mr. McCune, a member of the school’s affiliate performance training company, Raleigh Dance Theatre (RDT) will perform on their Spring Repertoire program April 27, 2013 where he will be featured in Coppelia Act I and Paquita For ticket information please click on “Purchase Tickets.”

Mr. McCune will also perform the male variation from Paquita at Regional Dance America’s /Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival (RDA/SERBA).  Festival adjudicator Thom Clower writes, “I predict that he will soon be on the Dancemagazine ’25 to Watch’ list, and I think that SERBA should be proud of what we as teachers and directors in the region are doing, and take this moment to applaud him, and ourselves!”

In April 2012 Cameron was awarded the men’s silver medal at the Youth America Grand Prix. YAGP is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old. For more information please visit: yagp.org.

The Raleigh School of Ballet recently celebrated 30 years as one of the Triangle’s premiere professional ballet training schools.  RSB/RDT alumnae currently dancing with professional ballet companies include Ashley Hathaway (Raleigh), Sarah Newton (Durham), and Lindsay Purrington (Raleigh) with Carolina Ballet; Laura Bowman (Raleigh) with Pennsylvania Ballet; Dylan Giles (Formerly of Raleigh ) with Festival Ballet Providence and Emily Proctor (Raleigh) company member with Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet.  For more information about RSB please visit:  www.raleighballet.com.