Elite young artists at Re­gent for fi­nal

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New Zealand’s young per­form­ers of the fu­ture are com­ing to Palmer­ston North next month.

In all 130 elite young artists, aged be­tween 15 and 24, will par­tic­i­pate at the Per­form­ing Arts Com­pe­ti­tions As­so­ci­a­tion of NZ (PACANZ) in ballet, tap dance, vo­cal and pi­anoforte on Oc­to­ber 15-16, with the ad­di­tion of the troupe com­pe­ti­tion on the Oc­to­ber 14.

The awards, hosted by the Palmer­ston North Dance As­so­ci­a­tion and the Manawatu Per­form­ing Arts Com­pe­ti­tion So­ci­ety, are be­ing held in the city for the third year and are proud to be the hosts for the 40th An­niver­sary of the awards.

This ex­cit­ing week­end starts with the troupe/group com­pe­ti­tion all day Fri­day, then the soloist pre­lim­i­nary rounds on Satur­day, build­ing to the Sun­day semi-fi­nals and the spec­tac­u­lar Sun­day night fi­nals con­cert fea­tur­ing 18 of the best com­pet­ing for their re­spec­tive na­tional ti­tle and more than $40,000 in prize money.

The win­ning troupe/group will also per­form as well as ad­di­tional guest artists in recog­ni­tion of the NYPA 40th an­niver­sary.

Each per­former rep­re­sents a PACANZ mem­ber so­ci­ety – 52 in all – and un­der­goes a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process, per­form­ing to the spe­cific re­quired stan­dards of their cho­sen art form.

Ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nikki Cun­ning­ham says the PACANZ awards are the only na­tional awards of their kind that fo­cus on the 15 to 24 age group across the eight art forms and which have a nom­i­na­tion process to win the right to com­pete.

‘‘Manawatu au­di­ences will see the per­form­ers of the fu­ture on dis­play, many of whom, in the past, have gone on to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ca­reers,’’ she says.

Seven nom­i­nees are from the Manawatu/Wan­ganui area. They are ballet – Meg Mor­ri­son, Char­lotte Gil­mour, Anna Dom­broski ; tap dance – Mar­ian Sun; vo­cal – Madi­son Hor­man; troupes – Dean McKer­ras School of Dance, Mau­reen Ax School of Dance. They will com­pete in their art form for $5000 (first prize), $3000 (sec­ond prize) and $1500 (third prize). The other un­placed fi­nal­ists will get a mone­tary prize with ad­ju­di­ca­tors, all six from Aus­tralia, re­ward­ing a po­ten­tial artist of their choice. There will also be an au­di­ence choice award for each art form which will be de­cided after each semi-fi­nal.

Nikki Cun­ning­ham an­tic­i­pates an au­di­ence of more than 1000 will at­tend the pre­lim­i­nary ses­sions and the fi­nal at the Re­gent On Broad­way and wel­comes lo­cal peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence New Zealand’s finest young artists in per­for­mance.

An ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the fi­nal con­cert this year is a per­for­mance by spe­cial guests from pre­vi­ous NYPA who will con­tinue to ‘‘pay it for­ward’’ by per­form­ing for the up and com­ing young stars.

The tap dance ad­ju­di­ca­tors, Win­ston Mor­ri­son and Kricket Forster of Mel­bourne, and ballet ad­ju­di­ca­tor Clau­dia Dean of Bris­bane will hold tap and ballet work­shops on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 17 for any in­ter­ested lo­cal dancers and in­vites them to con­tact PACANZ to reg­is­ter.

Vo­cal will be ad­ju­di­cated by Si­mon Ken­way of Syd­ney and pi­anoforte by Glen Rid­dle from Mel­bourne.


2014 PACANZ win­ners.

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