THE DANCE AROUND THE WORLD SOLO COMPETITION

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

 

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 $180 for the weekend (concession) / $250 for Adults

  • A $10 registration fee is payable to cover the cost of administering the competition (i.e. cost of your bib)

Step 1

Purchase A Weekend Pass

If you are part of a Group Booking, you do not need to complete this step.
If you are purchasing your weekend pass individually, please click on the Try Booking link to your right. Please ensure that you also complete Step 2 while you are in the TryBooking website.

Step 2

Pay $10 Registration Fee via Try Booking

Your bib will be issued to you at The Genea Netball Centre after you have picked up your wrist band (your weekend pass). 

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.

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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 (21st September).  From here, 2 will be chosen to go into the finals on Sunday 22nd 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 22nd 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!

2019 JUDGES

K.Carrier
Kai is Head of Casting at Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings, encompassing Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises
Ryab Saab
Ryan Saab is Head of Casting for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and responsible for recruiting 1200+ performers annually
PJ Clarke
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
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
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 Brazenas
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.
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PAST WINNERS

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

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PJ Clarke

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.