WELLINGTON - NEW ZEALAND
EASTER - Thurs 13th to Mon 17th April
(extended to 5 days to accommodate the growing entries)
St JAMES THEATRE
77-87 Courtney Place
Finals presentations 2015
Cash awards & Scholarships are allocated by an international jury to contestants who enter & perform in these biennial events. Sponsorship cannot be allocated to any dancer who has not entered these events.
Winners of each category (J,A,B) are offered complimentary entry to the YAGP Finals New York April 2018
(Bi-passing preliminary rounds - Value US$275 each for 1 week classes, entry, Gala)
As this is not a training scholarship - recipients are not eligible for a travel grant & participation is optional but recipients must contact AHA within 2 weeks of this event to inform YAGP of your decision.
1st & 2nd place winners of each category receive 1yr magazine sub Donated by ‘Dance Australia’
(11 – 12yrs)
2nd: $1,000.00 3rd: $500.00
8 FINALISTS:$150 cash each
‘AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD'
Energetiks ‘Dance Requisites Voucher' valued at $150
SUPREME A & B GROUPS
A Group (13-15yrs) B Group (16-18yrs)
1st: $5,000.00 1st: $5,000.00
2nd: $2,000.00 2nd: $2,000.00
3rd: $1,000.00 3rd: $1,000.00
5 FINALISTS: $250 cash each
‘AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS'
Group A – Energetiks ‘Dance Requisites Voucher' valued at $250
Group B – Energetiks ‘Dance Requisites Voucher' valued at $250
We are proud to offer contestants top international training scholarships
Click on their logos for further information on Sponsorship page
ENTRIES CLOSED AT 560
Solo titles & photo must be submitted to register as entered but these can be changed later
Final changes deadline Feb 11th 2017
For all registration queries please email
AHA Awards is affiliated to the Performing Arts Competition Assn of New Zealand (PACNZ) AHA Awards complies with APRA regulations & forward fees on behalf of all Competitors
The jury evaluates candidate’s potential based on: technique, musicality & physical suitability. Scholarship allocation is based on candidates own potential & suitability for that school & so a Semi or Quarter Finalist may receive a scholarship over a Finalist. The Jury will observe and mark the competitors Adjudicated classes on a semi-private stage, and Preliminary Set Solos and Own Choice items (for Supreme A & B categories) on a public stage.
2017 CONTEST FORMAT
Note: Age group has changed for 2017 event
Age as at first day of competition (April 13th 2017)
Juniors = 1 set solo (11-12yrs inclusive)
Supreme A = 2 contrasting solos (13-15yrs inclusive)
Supreme B = 2 contrasting solos (16-18yrs inclusive)
Contestants' solos are judged in four rounds: Preliminaries, Quarter-Finals, Semi-finals & Finals
Contestants Present: (Contestants perform in order of age)
No eliminations until Classes & Preliminaries are completed
1) An adjudicated classical class (no eliminations) on Stage
2) One ‘Set’ Solo chosen from the professional classical repertoire list below
3) One ‘Own Choice’ Contrasting Solo (excludes Junior Scholars)
One ‘Own Choice’ (excludes Juniors) Original choreography (copyright law) in contrasting dance style (contemporary or neo/lyrical) Either barefoot for contemporary or flats/pointe shoes for neo/lyrical style.
This solo must not exceed 1.45 mins maximum. Contestants must up-load their own choice music (MP3) on their entry page at least 4 weeks prior the event.
Adjudicated classes on stage Thursday
The classes are part of the contest & if a contestant does not attend the class they will not be able to perform their solos in the competition. All classes take place at the venue and are 1/2 hr each, comprising of 4 short enchainment’s (no barre or pointe work). Dance Studio Directors and Teachers may view Adjudicated classes in which they have students – Parents/Caregivers may not view these classes
1) P.d bras & Adage 2) Tendus, G. Batt, Pirouettes 3) Petit Allegro 4) G. Allegro. There are no eliminations following classes however the scores from these sessions will count towards the final results.
Females: Black or dark colour leotard, pink tights, flats
Males: white leotard & black tights or black unitard, flats
Preliminaries: Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Junior & Supreme groups Both solos for A&B
Quarter-Finals: 44-50 each from Juniors & Supreme A & B group combined Set Solo only A&B
Semi-Finals: 22 each from Juniors & Supreme A & B combined Set Solo only A&B
Finals: Monday evening 11 each from Juniors & Supreme A & B combined with a minimum of 3 from either A or B group - BOTH solos A&B
Audience Ballot Voting: The audience gets to choose via ballot vote for their choice in each section Junior, A & B groups during Quarter-Finals on Monday. Audience voting is completely separate to judges’ selection & is common practice in all international competitions.
Own Choice Solo Time Limit: A & B group's 'Own Choice' solo must not exceed 1.45 min maximum & every contestant will need to up-load their MP3 files onto the website entry domain at least 4 weeks prior to the event
All solos: Prompt entry/exit - no bow/curtsey. Only small hand-held props used artistically are permitted (fan, tambourine etc) for own choice solo. If you have ribbons on tambourine please sew them so they do not fall off. Do NOT leave ANY items on stage as you exit. Only at the Finals - contestants should curtsey/bow at end of their dance.
SUBMITTING SOLO TITLES
Solo titles for the program must be submitted to enter but can be changed online later with unlimited access using your log in ID after submitting your entry. Final solo selection & own choice titles deadline Feb 11th 2017 for program printing.
Please note that the you-tubes are only examples of ONE version. Various solo versions from well known companies are accepted. Adaptions can be made to suit candidates' capabilities (especially juniors) including changing sides for turns but the original choreography should be unchanged if possible.
NO CD's will be posted. When competitors have registered, they will have access on registration site to ALL set solo music so they can download any or all solos with unlimited access & make a CDs for themselves & tutors.
No alternative music for set solos will be accepted. Contestants MUST perform to the music we provide.
Contestants will also need to Upload their Ówn Choice' Music as an MP3 on your entry page.
Music for this item can be uploaded after entry has been submitted & is to be uploaded against your online Registration in Dance Comp Genie by 12th March 2017 latest.
It is highly unlikely that you will need a source of your Own Choice music but you should keep one on you in case. Please make sure that there is only ONE track on your CD on pen drive back up source.
We provide quality recordings for set solos during the awards & expect the same quality recordings for your ‘Own Choice’ solo up loaded on your entry page AND recorded on CD.
15m deep x 12m wide - level stage with dance floor.
Blue Cyclorama back drop for Preliminaries/Semis – Red for Finals
BUY A DVD OF PREVIOUS FINALS EVENT
The Finals DVD displays different versions of the set solos plus supreme own choice solos & presentations. The 2015 DVD Finals can be purchased for NZ$45 from http://www.glassgeckofilms.co.nz/
Go to the Buy-A-DVD page and click on the "AHA Awards" category on the right to filter the displayed items to just the one you want. Alternatively New Zealand buyers can email their name and address details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 min Finals Montage 2015
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AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL AGENT
Helloworld still has a few Group seats available with Qantas ex Sydney on the 12th April and departing Wellington on the 18th. It is only on selected flights that day.
Contact Kylie from helloworld for assistance in planning and booking all your Alana Haines Australasian Awards travel arrangements. Kylie has group bookings at discounted prices for flights to Wellington and is happy to help with your travel plans.
Kylie Bracken | Team Leader