Song and dance earns princely gain
By HELEN JACK
FORMER Mullumbimby High School students Maya and Nandy McClean are causing a sensation 'back home' after being spotted on the arm of international performer Prince at the premier of the film, The Bourne Ultimatum, in London.
Known as The Twinz, the pair have performed as Prince's back-up singers and dancers for the past two years.
Identical twins Maya and Nandy, now 27, were students at Mullumbimby High School from Year 7 in 1993.
School principal Ray Linabury said he remembers the day the girls were brought to the school for enrolment by their mother Mo Hughes.
"They were always dancing around the playground," he said. "While other kids were playing handball or other games, Maya and Nandy just danced."
Mr Linabury said the pair were outgoing and bubbly and never in trouble.
"They were very involved in their dancing, both within and outside school hours," he said.
During their years at school they also studied at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, but later left the school to take up places at Sydney's prestigious Brent Street Studios.
Their determination, dedication and commitment was quick to pay off with a tour of London with Prince featuring his new CD called 3121.
The shows are reportedly 'marathon affairs' at London's O2 Arena, the former Millennium Dome.
The pair's sister, Catherine Holmes, visited them while they were in Los Angeles.
She is reported to have said that ultimate career goal of The Twinzwas to devote a lot of time acting in movies and eventually to get into directing.
Even though Maya and Nandy were in the thick of showbusiness, she said the girls had managed to steer clear of drugs and alcohol, preferring to stay focused on their dream of dancing and acting.
The sisters first rose to fame when they appeared on Australian Idol 2.
Maya made it through to the top 30 before she decided to pull the pin and pursue a dancing career with Nandy.
They have also appeared in the Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rouge and in the Sydney production of The Lion King.
They also scored roles in actor Matthew McConaughey's recent movie Surfer Dude.