WELLINGTON – NEW ZEALAND
April 6th – 10th April
St JAMES THEATRE
Earthquake strengthening is scheduled to be completed late June 2022
Entries open in September 2022 (Date TBC)
Awards are allocated by the jury to contestants who enter & perform in these biennial events. Awards cannot be allocated to any dancer who has not entered these events.
1st, 2nd, 3rd winners from each group will be able to choose from a list of elite scholarships rather than allocated by the Jury as in the past. The winner gets first choice followed by 2nd then 3rd. As there are 11 finalists in each of the 3 age groups – these finalists may contact remaining scholarship sponsors for scholarship inclusion.
AHA will no longer provide separate travel grants however increased cash prizes will assist recipients towards travel costs for their selected scholarship choice.
Entry can be made by an Individual Dancer, the Family/Caregiver of Individual Dancer(s) or a Dance Studio on behalf of their students but a personal email address & phone number of the parents or contestant is mandatory. Each entry must be identified by a different email address & is your user name for website log in & cannot be changed once entered. If you get this email wrong then you will need to re-enter by contacting [email protected].
Now the ‘Own Choice’ solo is limited to 1 minute we can now take 11 extra Finalists for Supreme A & B. There will now be 33 Finalists performing & receiving cash awards. 11 Juniors, 11 A group & 11 B group
Winners of each category (J,A,B) are offered complimentary entries to the Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix Finals – New York April 2024
Winners of each category (J/A/B plus Supreme winner) receive 1yr magazine sub Donated by ‘Dance Australia’
2nd: $2,000.00 3rd: $1,000.00
8 FINALISTS:$500.00 cash each
‘AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD’
Energetiks Dance Requisites Voucher valued at A$150
GAILENE STOCK SUPREME WINNER A or B GROUPS
$4,000 cash plus the A group Winning prize
|A Group (13-14yrs)||B Group (15-18yrs)|
|1st: $7,000.00||1st: $7,000.00|
|2nd: $3,500.00||2nd: $3,500.00|
|3rd: $2,500.00||3rd: $2,500.00|
16 FINALISTS: $500,00 cash each
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS’
Group A – Energetiks ‘Dance Requisites Voucher’ valued at $250
Group B – Energetiks ‘Dance Requisites Voucher’ valued at $250
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.
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
2023 Contest Format
Age as at first day of competition (April 1st 2023)
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 lyrical) Either barefoot, flats or pointe shoes. This solo must not exceed 1min max.
Own Choice music may include lyrics if you wish
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.
Females: Plain black leotard, pink tights, flats
Males: White leotard & black tights 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.
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
15 m deep x 12 m wide – Plus Tarkett Dance Floor
Blue Cyclorama back drop for Preliminaries/Semis – Red for Finals