Competitions March


Including PACANZ nomination classes for Tap, Ballet and Troupes

Ballet Friday Afternoon 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020
Adjudicator: Sarah Knox – Auckland
Tap, Restricted Jazz & Student Choreo Friday Afternoon 20th March – Sunday 22nd March 2020
Adjudicator: Denise Henderson & Lara Davidson – Dunedin
Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro & Troupes Friday Afternoon 27th March – Sunday 29th March 2020. May Also Include Afternoon Thurs 26th March 2020.
Troupes will be Sunday From About Midday
Adjudicator: Ange McKellar – Masterton

Venue for all events is Auckland Grammar School Centennial Theatre, Mountain Road, Epsom

Entries will be closed when section maximums have been reached

Entries are only counted once payment has been made and if entries reach maximum the last entries in may need to be refunded and sent back

Account number for payment: 02-1244-0049331-004 (BNZ AD & WL Ellis) Please make sure you include name of entrant in details.

Competition Rules & Syllabus:

Competition Rules    Competition Syllabus

Competition Entry:
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Sarah Knox, NZSD DipDP, PGDipCPA, MCPA
Sarah Knox is a choreographer, performer, teacher and scholar based in New Zealand, where she works as a Lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland. She is a 2001 graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance where she specialised in both classical ballet and contemporary dance. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) and Masters degree (First class hons) in Creative and Performing Arts, and is currently pursuing Doctoral research in Dance Studies at The University of Auckland. Sarah has danced with Black Grace, Footnote NZ dance, The New Zealand Dance Company and with numerous freelance choreographers. Sarah’s choreographic work spans the genres of both contemporary dance and ballet and has been performed by Footnote NZ Dance, at Tempo Dance Festival (NZ), Dance Nucleus (Singapore), and was awarded first place in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2017 Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award. In 2020 she will create a new ballet piece for BalletCollective Aotearoa, founded by Turid Revfeim.

Sarah teaches extensively in the areas of contemporary dance and ballet technique, choreography and related subjects both in New Zealand and internationally. She is passionate about elite coaching for young dancers, and community based work. She is the founder of Trigger Dance, an organisation that provides collaborative and creative dance learning experiences for dancers and their teachers. She has worked as judge for Grounded Battle of the Arts, and for the Asian Grand Prix Ballet Competition and in 2020 was invited to judge this again in all international locations. She also works as a funding assessor, dance writer, mentor and advisor for various arts organisations. She is the Chair of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific Education and Training Network. Sarah’s scholarly research investigating choreographic practice, collaboration and pedagogy, has been published and presented internationally. Sarah is a trustee on the board of Tempo Dance Festival.

With a particular interest in collaboration and creativity, Sarah is passionate about developing healthy and sustainable relationships in dance and in seeing dancers thrive in all aspects of their education and careers.

Denise Henderson
Denise is one of New Zealand’s most respected and successful tap-dancing teachers, choreographers, and adjudicators, having trained students for 38 years to the highest level of national and international competition. Denise trains 50 dancers ‘one on one’ for competition as well as NZAMD exams classes, singing, acting and musical theatre students. Denise also created and ran a musical theatre summer school programme for over ten years in both Timaru and Dunedin. Denise began performing in musicals 40 years ago, and has an impressive array of leading roles to her credit including; Nellie (South Pacific) Nancy (Oliver) Velma Kelly (Chicago) Rizzo (Grease) Maggie Jones (42nd Street) Miss Hannagan (Annie), Madame de la grade Bouche, The Wardrobe (Beauty & the Beast) Madame Thenardier (Les Miserables) . Denise now enjoys the challenge of directing musicals, with an impressive list of productions to her credit including; My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music for (TMS) Anything Goes and Beauty and the Beast for The Sound Canterbury Drama League. In 2019 she also launched the first ever Musical Theatre Restaurant for children and young performers in Dunedin. Denise is passionate about supporting and encouraging young dancers and singers in competition and musical theatre.

Lara Davidson
Lara is an Occupational Therapy Student at the Otago Polytechnic. Having danced competitively since the age of five, Lara is arguably one of the most successful tap-dancing competitors to come out of her generation in Dunedin.

Winning over 120 championships, DTDS Champion of Champions seven times, The Dunedin Performing Arts Musical Theatre Award four years running, both the Auckland Song & Dance Award at the Auckland Caledonian Competitions twice and The NZ Dance Award Musical Theatre Award, Lara is now in the twilight of her competitive performing. Lara enjoys teaching her own students in the studio for both competitions and exams gaining impressive results. Balletically and Jazz trained Lara has over 12 years’ experience as both an exam and competition dancer in both ballet and jazz. Lara is also a classically trained singer, currently training with Both Judy Bellingham and Arlie Julia at the University of Otago.

After appearing in several musicals, Lara was thrilled to appear in the cast of Wicked (MTD) in 2019 and is extremely excited to have been cast in the lead role of Cossette in MTD’s 2020 production of Les Miserables.

Lara would like to wish all the competitors the very best for a fun and exciting competition.

Ange McKellar (Westerby)
Ange discovered her passion for dance growing up in New Zealand, where she was fortunate to have some inspirational teachers who helped guide her passion in the right direction. She has trained in and completed exams in Ballet (RAD) Tap (BBO and NZAMD) and Jazz (NZAMD and AJDA). She gained a lot of experience dancing in competitions, performing in troupes and musical theatre shows. At the age of 19 Ange followed her passion, moved over to Melbourne and completed a Diploma in Performing Arts at Bartuccios Dance and Performing Arts Centre. Training included ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary as well as many other skills and styles.

Since graduating Ange has gone on to perform on numerous television shows in Australia such as In Melbourne Tonight, The Footy Show, Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Sale of the Century, Battle of the Sexes, Neighbours, Totally Full Frontal and as a featured role of Mandy on The Strip (NZ).

She has also performed in corporate floorshows, working with artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Hot Chocolate and the cast of the Steel City Tap show. Grand Prix events, Warner Bros children’s shows, fashion shows, music videos, touring dance shows, The Lord of the Rings premieres (NZ) and The International Rugby Sevens opening and closing ceremonies (NZ).

In 2000 Ange was one of the first recipients of an LA Danceforce scholarship to The Edge in Los Angeles and spent 3 months there in 2001 gaining valuable knowledge from inspiring teachers and industry choreographers in genres such as jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop. Upon returning to New Zealand Ange took on roles in Musical Theatre shows such as Anything Goes, Razzle Dazzle, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ovation, Another Right Royal Gala and in 2004 played the role of Jan in Grease, which was a definite highlight.

Ange has choreographed numerous corporate events in New Zealand as well as choreographing for International rugby tests, the International Rugby Sevens, Stage Shows and was one of the resident choreographers for the Hurricanes Super 14 rugby team dancers in Wellington for 3 years, alongside Leigh Evans.

Ange has been in high demand as a teacher, choreographer and adjudicator throughout Australia and New Zealand and enjoys being able to teach at workshops and seminars.

As a teacher, she spent numerous years working with the Wellington Performing Arts Centre, teaching the fulltime Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre students, training them towards a professional career. Ange has taught on the Cecchetti Summer School in Melbourne (2011, 2013), Wellington International Summer School (NZ) (2009, 2013), the Tauranga Performing arts Workshop April (2013) and the AJDA congress in Wellington (2018)

In 2007 Ange relocated back to Australia teaching at the Sandra Clack Ballet Centre in Geelong, choreographing Catwalk Theatre for the L’Oréal Fashion Festival as well as performances for the Kids foundation charity ball, Wakkakerri, My Room Charity ball and The Royal Melbourne Show.

In 2009 Ange took on the role of Dance School Manager at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in Melbourne and loved working to inspire so many young dancers.

Ange has now moved back home to New Zealand and is working with the full time Commercial Dance students at the Whitireia Performance Centre (Te Auaha) in Wellington. She has recently contributed artistically to the new upgrades on the AJDA jazz syllabus as well as choreographing for Cuba Dupa, Wellington 2016 and 2017.

Alongside her Adjudication she is well respected for up and down the country, she was honoured to be invited to be a part of the Adjudicating panel for the 2017 and 2018 PACANZ – National young performer of the year troupe awards and has most recently been on the judging panel for the New Zealand Dance Awards in Christchurch this year.

Ange is loving being back home, in New Zealand teaching and working with the next generation of dancers and performers and to inspire and pass on her knowledge and passion.