Holly comes from Sydney and has over 15 years dance experience, training under the direction of Gilli O’Connell, Tibor Horvath, Matthew Shilling, Anton Bogdanovych, Matt Trent, Kristina Chan and various other tutors from the Australian dance community.
Holly studied dance at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, where she received extensive contemporary and classical training for seven years. Completing her Higher School Certificate in 2011, Holly was awarded first in the state for Classical Ballet. Holly was also presented with a ‘Dedication to Dance’ award in 2011 in recognition of her consistent determination and focus.
Holly’s choreographic achievements include being awarded ‘Australian Dancer of the Year’ at the Showcase National Dance Championships for her contemporary work This Bitter Earth. In 2012, Holly was invited to perform her choreography at the National High Schools Dance Festival in Philadelphia. Holly’s work was awarded the highest merit award at this Festival.
Holly joined the Company in 2013 for De Novo and performed in Rafael Bonachela‘s Emergence and Alexander Ekman (Cacti). She was also part of the collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door.
It is thanks to the generosity of a special group of Partners, and their support of our A Year on The Wharf program, that Holly was able to continue to train, tour and perform with the Company beyond her initial three-month scholarship.
Holly has featured in Rafael Bonachela‘s 2 One Another (2013-2015); Project Rameau (2013), 2 in D Minor (2014), Scattered Rhymes (2014), Frame of Mind (2015), New Breed (2015) and Triptych (2015). Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’.
She has worked with guest choreographers Stephanie Lake (Elektra, 2014), Jacopo Godani (Raw Models, 2014), Gideon Obarzanek (L’Chaim!, 2014), Andonis Foniadakis (Parenthesis, 2014), Charmene Yap (Do we, New Breed, 2014), Cass Mortimer Eipper (Dogs and Baristas, New Breed, 2014), Gabrielle Nankivell (Wildebeest, New Breed, 2014) and Cheng Tsung-lung (Full Moon).
Holly was named in the 2014 Dance Australia Critics Survey for being a ‘Dancer to Watch’ in Charmene Yap’s Do we, New Breed.