Karen Nanasca






EASTER - Thurs 18th to Mon 22nd April 



113/111 Manners St Wellington



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Finals presentations 

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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.








         Winners of each category (J,A,B) are offered complimentary entries to the Finals of the

Youth America Grand Prix Finals - New York April 2020


 The Gailene Stock Supreme Winner is offered complimentary entry to the

 Asian Grand Prix Finals - Hong Kong August 2019

  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'






(11 – 12yrs)


1st:  $3,000.00 

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


8 FINALISTS:$150 cash each


                    Energetiks Dance Requisites Voucher valued at A$150                                     






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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


5 FINALISTS$250 cash each


   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

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                  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 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. 



Note: Age group has changed for 2019 event because there are higher entry numbers in A Group

Age as at first day of competition (April 18th 2019) 

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 (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 1.45 min max.  Own Choice music may include lyrics if you wish



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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 enchainment’s (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: 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. 



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. 






Note: As withdrawals are still being made -the FINAL Schedule will be published March 20th but it will be much the same as it is now. However, the ages are written on schedule for session guidelines. You can see your current performance number  by logging onto your entry profile. Performance numbers are allocated according to DOB (youngest to oldest for fair comparison). 


Thursday 18th: ADJUDICATED CLASSES (All on stage)

Contestant times with performance numbers TBC

Registration at theatre 1hr prior to class time

Juniors 10.00am - 1.15pm

A Group 12:30pm -4.15pm

B Group  4:45pm -9.30pm


Friday 19th:  Prelims JUNIORS & A GROUP Set

Session 1:   8.30am to 1:15pm Juniors Set

Session 2:   2pm to 5:15pm A Set - 13yrs

Session 3:   6pm to 9:15pm A Set -  14yrs

 Quarter-Final results for Juniors


Saturday 20th: Pelims A GROUP Own Choice

Session 4:   9am to 12:35pm A Own Choice - 13yrs

Session 5:   1:30pm to 5:05pm A Own Choice - 14yrs

Session 6:    6pm to 9:05pm B Set  15yrs



Sunday 21st:   Prelims B GROUP Set & Own Choice

Session 7:    8.30am to 12:15pm B Set - 16-18yrs

Session 8:    1pm to 4:30pm B Own Choice - 15yrs

Session 9:    5:30pm to 9pm B Own Choice - 16-18yrs

 Quarter-Final results for Supreme A/B


Monday 22nd: Quarter Finals - Semis & Finals

Session 10: J/A/B (Set Solo only – Audience Choice Ballot

JUNIORS QUARTER-FINALISTS  – 9:00am – 10:30am (morn tea)           

A & B - QUARTER-FINALISTS – 11:00am – 12:30pm (Lunch)

Semi-Final Results for Juniors and Supreme A & B       


Session 11: JUNIORS - SEMI- FINALISTS 2-245pm

SUPREME A & B - SEMI-FINALISTS (Set Solo only) – 3:00pm – 3:45pm (Dinner 5pm – 7pm)        

4:00pm Finals Results for Juniors and Supreme A & B  

All Finalists on stage rehearsal with presentation children  



Session 12:  FINALS PRESENTATIONS – 7.00pm – 10.00pm Junior/A & B (Both Solos for A & B



NO CD's will be posted. When competitors have registered, they will have access on registration site to ALL set solo music - at the top bar click on MUSIC. Competitors can download any or all solos with unlimited access & make a CDs for themselves & tutors. Music is now also available for tutor convenience on website under each You-tube example.  

No alternative music for set solos will be accepted. Contestants MUST perform to the music we provide.

OWN CHOICE: Contestants will also need to Upload their named Ówn Choice' Music as an MP3 on your entry page (1.45min max).  Music for this item must be uploaded to enter because of the way the entry system is set up so you can upload any MP3 music file & replace it later against your online Registration by March 12th 2019 latest for sound tech.  Please use contestant name to name this music file on your computer prior to uploading onto your entry site.

Making your Own Choice music File: The Easiest way is to upload your music into I-tunes or drop box - copy & paste the music onto your desk top. This automatically makes an MP3 music file. If you don't have I-tunes already just download the free app

Back up Music for Own Choice: It is highly unlikely that you will need a spare 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 named CD or USB back up source.




Additional ANTI-RAKE FLOOR  (level not raked) 12.5m deep x 9.4 wide

Plus Tarkett Dance Floor

Blue Cyclorama back drop for Preliminaries/Semis – Red for Finals 


DRESSING ROOMS BACK STAGE  (Click to download copy)

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The Finals DVD displays different versions of the set solos plus supreme own choice solos & presentations. The 2017 DVD Finals can be purchased for NZ$45 from  http://www.glassgeckofilms.com

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: glassgeckofilms@gmail.com





5 min Finals Montage 2017




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