Camille McPherson is excited to be in her fifth season with the San Diego Ballet, where she has been featured as a soloist in Javier Velasco’s productions of The Seven Beauties, Mambomania, Sweet Synergy Suite, Arabian soloist in The Nutcracker and 24 Preludes. A native of San Diego, Camille began ballet at the age of four and received her primary training at Ballet Center West and on scholarship at the California Ballet School. Camille augmented her training by attending summer intensives at the Jillana School, Boston Ballet School, the Washington School of Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Upon graduating high school, Camille attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program, where she performed alongside the company in Artistic Director Terrence Orr’s version of The Nutcracker. Camille also danced as an Apprentice with the California Ballet, where she performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Chopin Tribute, Cinderella, and Beyond the Barre. Camille teaches ballet to all levels and ages at multiple studios throughout San Diego, and has recently appeared as a guest artist with School of Ballet Arts, Step in Step School of Dance, Metro Dance Academy, and Ballet Center West.
More about Camille…
Who influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?
Late into my teens, I had a ballet teacher named Taurean Green with whom I extensively studied privately. Still in his mid twenties, he was currently in the middle of enjoying a flourishing career as a professional dancer (he had previously danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Pacific Northwest Ballet before being hired as a principal dancer with City Ballet of San Diego). Taurean was impassioned and spirited. He set high expectations for me and pushed me to reach them, leading me to work harder than I believed I could and thus improve faster both as an artist and technician. Although I’ve been fortunate to have numerous exemplary teachers, I attribute a huge amount of my success as a professional dancer to Taurean’s influence and guidance.
What goes through your mind just before you perform?
I have a mental checklist that I go through before I step out onto the stage. I always do a last minute aesthetic check for things like loose pointe shoe ribbons and quick costume and make up fixes. I also like to go over choreography in my head once or twice backstage. Lastly, I recall my family members and friends in the audience and use the theater adrenaline to soak up the most enjoyment out of every moment of being onstage!
What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?
Javier Velasco’s choreography is wonderful to dance. Not only do I love the movement he sets, I also always admire his choice of music. Both of my parents are musicians, so music has always played an important role in my life. I am especially fond of when Mr. Velasco sets solo pieces specifically on me. He has an amazing ability to highlight the dancer’s most eloquent and impressive artistic and technical attributes in his choreography.
Camille McPherson’s appearance during the 2016-2017 San Diego Ballet season is sponsored in part by :
- Debra Biberstein
- Jeffrey Tanaka
- Victoria Chin
- William Behun
- Geoff & Laura Hueter