Timaru dancer Caleb Cameron and his teacher Kaye Blackham proved a winning pair at the Launceston Competition Society annual festival in Tasmania.
A last-minute decision to compete as a duo in a novel entertainment class – the first time Mrs Blackham had competed in 38 years – paid off as the Timaru pair triumphed, beating the six other entries with a tap duo routine Caleb had choreographed.
Caleb was the first international competitor to take part in the festival. He won the overall special award for tap solo and song and dance classes, gained first place for his waltz, speed, song and dance, and runner-up for the championship tap class which was run over two routines. He placed third in a large class of 25 entries in the Broadway solo class.
Another highlight was being invited to be a guest solo performer in a jazz routine with the Bee Bop Studio.