AHA Awards Competition

Next AHA Awards Event

THE 30th ANNIVERSARY
WELLINGTON – NEW ZEALAND
EASTER
– Thurs 1st to Mon 5th April 2021
at
MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE
Right beside RNZB temporary studios
(St James Theatre not finished strengthening til 2022)

Finals Presentation 2017


2019 Guest Performers

Tabitha Dombroski – Stuttgart’s John Cranko Sch & Damen Axtens – Royal Ballet School
Mayu Tanigaito & Kihiro Kusukami – Royal New Zealand Ballet


2019 Media links

EVENTFINDA   DANZ  TICKETMASTER   LIVE IN WGTN  DANCE LIFE 
 DANCE AUSTRALIA



Watch 2019 AHA TV ad


Cash Awards and Scholarships

Cash awards & Scholarships are allocated by an international jury to contestants who enter & perform in these biennial events.  Awards cannot be allocated to any dancer who has not entered these events.

$460,000

includes
CASH AWARDS 
TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS
TRAVEL GRANTS

Winners of each category (J,A,B) are offered complimentary entries to the Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix Finals – New York April 2022

Promising unplaced male Junior & Supreme Trophies donated by Melbourne School of Classical Dance  
Winners of each category (J/A/B plus Supreme winner) receive 1yr magazine sub Donated by ‘Dance Australia’



Cash Awards and Scholarships

JUNIOR SCHOLARS 11 – 12 years

1st:  $3,000.00 

 2nd:  $1,000.00                       3rd:  $500.00

8 FINALISTS:$150 cash each
 ‘AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD’ 
Energetiks Dance Requisites Voucher valued at A$150

SUPREME A & B GROUPS

GAILENE STOCK SUPREME WINNER 
$7,000 cash

Gailene Stock-Norman – ARAD Grad Dip Ed – Former Director, The Royal Ballet School 

Gailene had a 16-year performance career before becoming a ballet director. Born in Australia, she ran the world-renowned school, in Covent Garden, for 15 years. 

Gailene supported AHA Awards as head judge since the very first event in 1991 while she was director of the Australian Ballet School. Later as Director of the Royal Ballet School she continued her support up until April 2013 when she passed away with an aggressive brain tumour.

Gailene was head judge of the YAGP & other international Awards & is very sadly missed.

A Group (13-14yrs) B Group (15-18yrs)
1st:    $5,000.00 1st:    $5,000.00
2nd:    $2,000.00 2nd:    $2,000.00
3rd:    $1,000.00 3rd:     $1,000.00

4 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


International Scholarships

We are proud to offer contestants top international training scholarships
Click on their logos for further information on Sponsorship page

APRA license

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

Judging

The jury evaluates candidate’s potential based on: technique, musicality & physical suitability. Scholarship allocation is based on candidates 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
2021 Contest Format

Age as at first day of competition (April 1st 2021) 
Juniors = 1 set solo (11-12yrs inclusive)
Supreme A = 2 contrasting solos (13-14yrs inclusive) 
Supreme B = 2 contrasting solos (15-18yrs 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 (no pointe or barre)

2) One ‘Set’ Solo chosen from the professional classical repertoire list below 

3) One ‘Own Choice’ Contrasting Solo 1min max (excludes Junior Scholars)

One ‘Own Choice’ (excludes Juniors) Original choreography (copyright law) in contrasting dance style (contemporary or neo/lyrical) Either barefoot, flats or pointe shoes. This solo must not exceed 1min max. Own Choice music may include lyrics if you wish

Classes

Adjudicated classes on stage Thursday

Juniors from 8.30am, A Group Afternoon,, B Group Evening

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 – 20 mins long for Juniors & 1/2 hr each for A/B groups, comprising of 3-4 short enchainments (no barre or pointe work). Dance Studio Directors and Teachers may view from the Theatre Gallery all Adjudicated classes. Parents/Caregivers may not view these classes.
Juniors: 20 min
1) P.d. bras & Adage 2) tendus & G battments, pirouette 3) Allegro
A/B groups: 30 min
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.

Class attire: 
Females: Plain black leotard, pink tights, flats 
Males: white leotard & black tights or black unitard, flats

 Because we have reduced the Own Choice solo to I min – we are now able to take more quarter & semi Finalists for A & B.

Quarter Finals:        50 from each of the 3 sections will be taken (Js As & Bs)

Semi Finals:           22 Juniors, 11 Supreme A and 11 Supreme B dancers.

Finals:                   11 Juniors, 11 Supreme A and 11 B dancers. (33 in total)

Monday evening 11 each from Juniors, Supreme A & Supreme B (33 in total)
BOTH solos A&B groups

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. 

SET SOLO VERSIONS

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.

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. 

DOWNLOAD FULL SET SOLO CHOICE LIST

MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE STAGE DIMENSIONS

16 m deep x 18 m wide at widest points – Plus Tarkett Dance Floor
Blue Cyclorama back drop for Preliminaries/Semis – Red for Finals