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 AHA AWARDS

 2019 

 

WELLINGTON - NEW ZEALAND

EASTER - Thurs 18th to Mon 22nd April 

at

THE OPERA HOUSE

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.

$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 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'

 

  

CASH PRIZES

 

JUNIOR SCHOLARS

(11 – 12yrs)

 

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  

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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 LICENCE

                  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. 

 

2019 CONTEST FORMAT     

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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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 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 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: 50 each from Juniors & Supreme A & B group combined         Set Solo only A&B 

All Supreme Quarter Finalists must fill in a form at the registration desk to make three Scholarship choices in order of preference. If committed to another scholarship write ‘NA’ on form & you will be eligible for a cash prize but not a training scholarship or travel grant. 

NOTE: These choices are an indication of your preferences & does not guarantee you any of these choices.  If there are left over scholarships when we receive the forms with NA on forms - extra scholarships will be allocated to Preliminaries at Judges discretion. Prelims do NOT need to fill a 3 choice form & the distribution of extra scholarships will happen within one week post awards with the help of judges

 

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. 

 

 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

 

FINAL SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

  

THE OPERA HOUSE STAGE DIMENSIONS 

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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BUY A DVD OF PREVIOUS FINALS EVENT

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

 

 

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5 min Finals Montage 2017

 

 

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