THE DANCE AROUND THE WORLD SOLO COMPETITION

HOW THE COMPETITION WORKS

  • During the workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday our instructors will be on the look out for exceptionally talented students who stand out.

  • Workshops in the Open room will not have Dance Around The World Solo selections.

  • At the end of each workshop, one person from each workshop will be selected to dance in the semi-finals on Saturday Evening (9th April).  From here, 2 will be chosen to go into the finals on Sunday 10th April (one dancer under 14 years of age for the Rising Star Section, and one dancer 15 years +).

  • These 2 finalists will compete against those chosen from the Sunday workshops on Sunday 10th April.

  • Finalists must dance a 40-60 second solo in front of our judges - please bring your own music and suitable attire.

  • Please note that solos must be rehearsed prior to the competition.  

  • The Australian Dance Festival reserves the right of refusal and the judges' decision is final. There will be no forum for a protest.

We would like to thank our sponsor Dance Around The World for donating these amazing prizes!

Step 1:  Purchase A Weekend Pass AND the DATW Solo Option

If you are purchasing your weekend pass individually, please click here

If you are part of a Group Booking, please wait until your Studio has invited you to be part of a Group Booking BEFORE you go into the online booking system to add the Dance Around The World option.

Step 2: Register Your Details Online

We require more details from you than what can be collected via Try Booking. Please ensure that you complete this Online Registration form.

The Dance Around The World Solo Competition is part of our mission to celebrate Australia's best in dance. The competition recognizes the up and coming new talent in our industry. Two prizes are awarded:

 

MAJOR PRIZE (FOR DANCERS 15 YEARS AND OVER)

  • One return airfare to Los Angeles

  • 20 Classes to Millennium Dance Complex

  • 7 nights accommodation at a hotel within walking distance to Millennium Dance Complex

  • Note that Covid 19 travel restrictions may interfere with the winner's ability to use this prize, however, our sponsors will provide you with support to claim your prize when travel restrictions ease.

 

RISING STAR AWARD (FOR DANCERS 14 YEARS AND UNDER)

  • $500 Travel Voucher (generously donated by Dance Around The World)

  • Free weekend pass to the next Australian Dance Festival.  

  • Total prize value $660!

Royal Caribbean will be offering 2 x Contracts to DATW finalists at the ADF!

 

HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION

  • Competitors cannot be professional dancers (i.e. if you earn more than 50% of your annual income through dancing, you will be classified as a professional dancer)

  • Competitors must participate in the workshops for the entire weekend of the Australian Dance Festival (as this is how they will get selected for the finals)  i.e. you must be registered for a weekend pass.  

  • Passes are priced from $270 for the weekend (concession) / $320 for Adults

  • A $25 registration fee is payable to cover the cost of administering the competition

2022 JUDGES

Trish Squires

Founder and Director of Spectrum Dance

Samson Smith

Justice Crew and Lil Groovers

JP Christensen

Director of Casting and Artistic Integrity for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Sarah Boulter

PAST WINNERS

LEWIS SHILVOCK

2019 Winner

Tiana Kostopoulos

2019 Rising Star

GEORGIE FABIEN
2018 Winner

ELLE DIMOS
2018 Rising Star

JAMILLA ESCOBAR
2017 Rising Star

BRENDAN WEALS
2017 Winner

AARON MATHESON
2016 Winner

GEORGIA CARR
2016  Rising Star Winner

JAL JOSHUA
2015 Winner

EMMA ROSE MOUAWAD
2015  Rising Star Winner

ALEXANDRA MIEDZINSKI
2014 Winner

MICHAEL DAMESKI
2013 Winner

KATE BEATTIE
2012 Winner

SIMON PLANT
2011 Winner