DanceLife Unite – Australia’s Largest Troupe Competition – saw 270 troupes (totalling more than 4,000 performers!) perform in the finals under the Big Top along with 580 dance soloists and 70 Face of Capezio models, representing 102 dance studios and schools from around Australia and New Zealand!
High School Troupe Winners, Marsden State High School, Queensland
An action-packed four days of incredible competition saw some of the best talent perform on stage for our esteemed judges, invited special guests and dance enthusiasts from afar! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who competed – you gave us really amazing work and inspirational performances. Our judges were blown away by the level of talent and brilliant competition – WELL DONE!
We proudly gave away over $70,000 worth of prizes and cash to our Grand Final winners and runners-up!!
Special congratulations to our 2015 DanceLife Unite Champions:
Solo Winners: Bianca Jayne Rees, Jaclyn Chambers, Shontaya Smedley and Nikkita Jancek.
Face of Capezio Winners
Leylla-Princess Gulder (Petite)
Ebony Rose Fredericks (Junior)
Alison King (Teen)
Anabelle Watt (Senior)
Joanne Williamson Dance Academy (Petite)
Village on Broadway (Junior)
Brent Street (Teen)
Brent Street (Senior)
Hannah Ling & Cody Ling (Petite)
Talia Elfes & Elle Dimos (Junior)
Laura Spence & Maggie Rogers (Teen)
Nikkita Jancek (Petite)
Shontaya Smedley (Junior)
Jaclyn Chambers (Teen)
Bianca Jayne Rees (Senior)
Judges: Kelley Abbey , Katie McMahon, Karina Lawrence, Adam Parson, Kate Ridge, Kristi Cini and Brian Esperon.
Our special guest judges for the National Finals were KELLEY ABBEY, ADAM PARSON, BRIAN ESPERON, KRISTI CINI, KATE RIDGE, SARAH BOULTER, AMY CAMPBELL, KATIE MCMAHON and KARINA LAWRENCE. All performers were able to participate in dance workshops over the weekend conducted by Adam Parson, Amy Campbell, Lauren Seymour, Renee Ritchee and Brian Esperon. Katie McMahon ran the dance-modelling workshops.
DanceLife Unite’s National Ambassador isKelley Abbey, who officiated over the Grand Final and awarded her inaugural special Mentoring Award to Jaclyn Chambers. To read about Kelley’s experiences with competitions growing up and why she supports DanceLife Unite please click here: http://www.dancelife.com.au/interview-kelley-abbey/
FOR A FULL LIST OF ALL THE WINNERS AND PLACE-GETTERS OVER THE ENTIRE DANCELIFE UNITE NATIONAL COMPETITION PLEASE HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE: www.dancelifeunite.com.au
DANCELIFE UNITE 2016!
DanceLife Unite is already planning for 2016 and excited to see what Australia and NZ have to offer next year! Details of next year’s regional events and online heats are now available.
HEAT 1 | March 1 – 30
HEAT 2 | May 1 – 31
LAST CHANCE | July 25 – 31
LIVE REGIONAL EVENTS
CENTRAL COAST | April 2 & 3
PERTH | April 30 & May 1
SYDNEY | May 22, 28 & 29
LAUNCESTON | May 14
HOBART | May 15
AUCKLAND | June 11 & 12
CANBERRA | TBA
MELBOURNE | June 25 & 26
GOLD COAST & BRISBANE | July 23 & 24
QLD SUNSHINE COAST | TBD
NEWCASTLE | July 30 & 31
SOLOS/ DUOS & TRIOS/ VOCALS/ MODELS | Fri 23 – Sun 25 September
TROUPES & WORKSHOPS | Sun 25 – Tues 27 or Wed 28 September
GRAND FINAL | Tues 27 September or Wed 28 September