THE DANCE AROUND THE WORLD SOLO COMPETITION
HOW THE COMPETITION WORKS
During the workshops on Saturday and Sunday our instructors will be on the look out for exceptionally talented students who stand out.
Please note that there are 50 workshops in total. 10 of these workshops WILL NOT have a DATW Solo finalist chosen due to the style of the workshop and time constraints for the competition.
At the end of each workshop, one person from each workshop will be selected to dance in the semi-finals on Saturday Evening (25th September). From here, 2 will be chosen to go into the finals on Sunday 26th September (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 26th September.
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 & 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 3: 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 The Edge Performing Arts Centre
7 nights accommodation at a hotel within walking distance to The Edge Performing Arts Centre
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!
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 $250 for the weekend (concession) / $300 for Adults
A $25 registration fee is payable to cover the cost of administering the competition (i.e. cost of your bib)
Kai is Head of Casting at Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings, encompassing Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises
Ryan Saab is Head of Casting for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and responsible for recruiting 1200+ performers annually
PJ Clarke is the director of Jeep Management - one of Australia’s leading agencies representing and mentoring many high profile dancers, models, actors, singers and choreographers and helping to shape young artists into marketable talent with successful entertainment industry careers.
Emma Bradley (NRG Australia has had the privilege of teaching and choreographing throughout the United States, Australia and Canada including NRG Australia’s 5 city tour of Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. She has also taught master classes at OIP Dance Center in Toronto. During her time in the competition circuit, she was highly recognized and awarded scholarships throughout the United States and Europe.
Stephanie Delaney is a recruiting agent for Grayboy the Agency -one of Australia’s premier sources for dancers, musical theatre performers, choreographers and other creative talents.
Zac has worked extensively across the board from TV to Film to Music Videos, and also touring with the biggest recording artists of our time. His credits include Britney Spears ‘Piece of Me’ Las Vegas residency and world tour, Kylie Minogue ‘Aphrodite’ world tour, Jenifer Lopez promo tour, Katy Perry American tour and the Celine Dion ‘Taking Chances’ world tour. He has performed on just about every award show including the Oscars, the Grammys, VMAs and AMAs.
2019 Rising Star
2018 Rising Star
2017 Rising Star
2016 Rising Star Winner
EMMA ROSE MOUAWAD
2015 Rising Star Winner