Performance students from TM Dance World have kept busy over the school holidays being involved in the Showcase National Dance Championships held in Christchurch. The Showcase finals have been held on the Australian Gold Coast for the past twenty five years. The competition has grown so popular and large that for the first time ever Peter Oxford extended the Showcase finals to Christchurch and Perth, as well.
Our studio had thirty five dancers from junior, intermediate and senior performance teams attend the competition.
We performed eight team items altogether across Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary sections. Our teams danced so well, all came away with Gold Awards, plus a first place for both Junior teams; Jazz and Lyrical. Third places were gained by the Intermediate Contemporary team and Senior Lyrical, while the Intermediate and Senior Jazz teams received fourth and fifth respectively.
Four of our team items then went on to make it to the finals’ event ‘Battle of the Stars’. This also meant these items all qualified to dance in the World Dance competition to be held in Rome this year!
Two of our junior students Rubie Leech and Brianna Riddle also had their Jazz duo item ‘Hold the Drama’ selected to perform as well. These girls had placed second with a high gold in the Junior duo section to obtain this selection.
After an amazing night of dancing, at a very elite standard, our Battle of the Stars results saw the Junior teams place second and third, and the Intermediate contemporary team place second. We couldn’t have come away any prouder of our dancers, they all rose to the occasion and danced their hearts out!
Throughout the competition we also had dancers perform solo, duo or trio acts. We had very good results across the board here too! We were excited to hear we also had a dancer in each of the top ten overalls for each age category too.
7th: Isabella O’Reilly – Petite Section
10th: Alyssa Collings – Junior section
9th: Alex McGregor – Senior Section.
Congratulations to all the team at TM, dancers, parents, teachers and choreographers!
Our dancers loved their experience at Showcase, they are all taking a well earned break before our classes start back in two weeks.
Tara McKeown, Director at TM Dance World Studios.