Dance Registrations are Now Open Online – Ages 8-17yrs
see more details and How to Register here
The Newcastle Dance Awards will be awarding 5x $250 Age Division Awards + 2x $500 Dance Scholarship Awards to Best Junior and Best Senior dancers registered to compete in this competition.
Sat 10th March, 2018 @ Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre.
Principal Judge is Damian Smith – former Principal of the San Francisco Ballet.
Our Judges will be a mixture of professional dancers & professional dance adjudicators.
Lend us a helping hand and become a Scholarship Sponsor.
It is our aim to increase our scholarships each year and with your help we can give scholarships to more young talented dancers in Newcastle.(all scholarships are tuition based)
We at Entertainmentfirst are proud to bring this Amazing Opportunity to the Newcastle community that you and your children live, play and dance in………
Our new dance scholarship program “Newcastle Dance Awards – Australia” is a competition based event to find the best dance students in Newcastle and surrounding areas including; Maitland, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast and the Hunter Valley, each and every year and award monetary scholarships to help dancers continue their dance studies.
Over the past 5 decades, Newcastle in Australia has been a town that has produced some of the finest dancers performing around the world. We have seen amazing dancers position themselves into companies both within Australia and abroad.
Marisa Burgess – Moulin Rouge – Paris
Elizabeth Toohey – Australian Ballet Principal
Dein Perry – Award winning choreographer, dancer and actor –
Shows include; “Hot Shoe Shuffle”, “Tap Dogs”, “Steele City” & Director of the tap movie; “Bootmen”
Damian Smith – San Francisco Ballet Principal
Robert Curran – Australian Ballet Principal
Nicole Padgett – Vienna Ballet
Bronwyn White – Founder of the Hunter Regional Dance Company
Elise Frawley – Classical Ballet Examiner for the prestigious “Royal Academy of Dance” (R.A.D)
David Harris – Broadway NYC – “Les Miserables”, “Goodspeed’s production of Anything Goes”
Jane Finney – Australia Ballet
Gian – Russian Ballet & Australian Ballet
just to name a few………………..
We at the Newcastle Dance Awards – Australia believe that there are many more great dancers to come. With over 170 dance schools in Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast & Hunter Valley areas that train all genres of dance we are creating a community support team for the dance world here in Newcastle and it’s surrounding areas, it is both important and necessary that we as a community support the youth of today to strive for excellence and know that their hard work and dedication can be rewarded.
There are 1000’s of families in the Hunter Valley & Central Coast Region that are able to support their children and enable them to be trained by the wonderful dance teaching professionals, so we want to support the studios and their students. Please help us help the children with their passion for dance.
All dancers compete first in their AGE DIVISION.
Top dancers in each division move to SEMI-FINALS
Top 1 dancer in each age division move to FINALS to WIN JR & SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
Kimberley Knight – Vice President/CFO/Executive Director of Events – Entertainmentfirst
Founder/Creator of the Newcastle Dance Awards – Australia
Professional Dancer/Choreographer/Costume Designer-Creator/Graphics & Web Design
Born in Newcastle Australia, studied dance in Newcastle from 5yrs of age unti she was 16yrs – with two amazing teachers whom she is still in contact with today – Maureen Whichello (Newmet Dance Theater) and Wendy Balogh (Wendell School of Dance), at 12yrs of age Kimberley attended Newcastle High School when the first dance courses were offered to a high school in Newcastle, during her 4years at Newcastle High (studying dance with Maria Mawkes) she also danced with the Newcastle Youth Ballet Company ( with so many amazing Newcastle Dance Teachers including; Robyn Hick, Ted Miller, Kay Plentinger, Susan Shiner, Robyn Turner and so many more) and in year 10 she was awarded equal first in Ballet with a Certificate Awarded from A.C. Worth.
At 16yrs Kimberley was awarded a bursary to continue her education and finish her HSC as she attended her final two years of high school dancing in Sydney at the Ann McDonald College where she was trained by Principals from the Australia Ballet – Josephine Jason & Allan Cross alongside Trevor Green (Principal in Cats), John Burns and Maxine Cohler (now college Principal) then was one of the few dancers who was able to move to the Performing Arts Stream to fullfill her love for entertainment as she studied many more forms of dance including Contemporary Dance, ( martha Graham and cunningham techniques) Jazz (with Maria Ploski, Peter Blackburn and Aleeta Northey), Tap (ISTD), Flamenco, Pilates (Rael Isakowitz) and singing with teachers from around the world including Robert Bikerstaff (Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London).
At the end of Kimberley’s final year she completed both her HSC and was awarded a Dance Scholarship of $3,000 by Sir John & Lady Manson and landed her fist audition to dance professionally abroad.
From the age of 18yrs Kimberley became a professional dancer, she traveled Europe to work in Cabaret Shows with Dance International in major venues including the Grand Palace Gerona in Spain and spent time training in commercial dance studios in London England – Pineapple Studios and London Contemporary Dance Theater (where she was able to use her scholarship funds).
Kimberley moved from England to the USA after auditioning for Carnival Cruise Lines where she then became dance captain and assistant cruise director for the Celebration Cruise Ship.
In 1992 after working in Cabaret Shows in Europe, on Cruise Ships in the US and in Japan with dance shows Kimberley then returned to Australia to join the Hunter Regional Dance Company and dance with the Feathers Cheerleading Squad in Newcastle then later in 1992 she met International Entertainer Ron Knight and became his choreographer for his Television appearances & Variety Show “Ron Knight and The Fabulous Daze” so for the next 6 years they toured Australia with their own show and worked with the Hunter Regional Orchestra as featured dancers in “Night in Vienna” at the Civic Theater.
In 1998, Kimberley made Las Vegas her home when she was asked to choreograph a show at the Showboat Hotel and Casino for now husband and entertainer Ron Knight and enjoyed working in many Major Las Vegas Casinos; Flamingo, Mirage, MGM, Monte Carlo, Mandalay Bay – just to name a few.
Kimberley’s skills range from dancing & choreography, singing to costume design, theatrical creations, graphics & web designs plus event planning and live event production.
Now enjoying living both in Las Vegas & Australia Kimberley is still choreographing, dancing and singing Ron Knight’s shows and working ShowBand – Ron Knight and The Daze Band, as well as working as a professional dancer for House of Soul- Australia and currently produces 2 Beauty Pageants on Las Vegas each year and is creating more wonderful events in Australia including this Newcastle Dance Awards – Australia.
Ron Knight – CEO/President/Executive Producer/Talent Management – Entertainmentfirst
Founder/Creator of the Music and Fashion Expo Las Vegas & Australia
Founder/CEO Ebonytown Records
Ron Knight, International Entertainer, CEO of Entertainmentfirst, Ebonytown Records and the Founder of the Music and Fashion Expo and The Entertainmentfirst International Film Festival.
Born in East Orange, New Jersey and now residing in both Las Vegas and Australia producing live entertainment events and expos.
Whilst residing in Australia for 25yrs Ron had the pleasure of working alongside Chelsea Brown in their show “Double Vision” touring Australia and playing major casino and hotel venues in Tasmania (Hobart & Launceston Casinos), Darwin, Cairnes, Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney & Mildura with Sheraton Hotels and Lassiter’s Casino.
Ron also had great success with his 5 piece band “Ron Knight and the Daze Band” in Newcastle & Sydney for 20yrs with many appearances on NBN Morning Show, Channel 9 & 10 Sydney, Today Show, Good Morning Australia, The Late Show & Star Search (winner of 10 episodes in 1986) on Channel 9 Australia and worked with the Hunter Regional Orchestra at the Civic Theater.
Ron Knight is enjoying a successful international singing career that allows him and his show to travel the world with his sensational voice and with 40yrs of experience in the Entertainment and Record Industries, he now has the knowledge to pass on to the younger generations who also need to learn the business of Entertainment.
Ron has enjoyed performing with many known celebrities of today’s music and entertainment scenes such as; Stevie Wonder, the late Lou Rawls and Tony Curtis (may they rest in peace), Tina Turner, Chaka Chan, Smokey Robinson, Sam Neill, Bobby Womack, plus the late great Wolf Man Jack…….
just to name a few.
Ron has enjoyed some major television network coverage over his career including;
* Star Search (winner of 10 episodes in 1986) on Channel 9 Australia.
* Fox TV’s – Performing As where his tribute to James Brown was astounding, leaving the crowd wanting much, much more….
* Discovery Channel (currently airing 4 times a year) You will also catch Ron Knight’s Las Vegas Story on the Discovery Channel – thru which Casino Diaries shows the real side of the entertainment business, show is repeatedly shown each year.
The Newcastle Dance Awards – Australia is happy to announce our
Principal Judge for 2018. “DAMIAN SMITH”
Enjoy his dance journey;
Click here to watch “CELEBRATING DAMIAN SMITH”
Damian has performed internationally in more than 200 ballets globally within his 18yrs dancing professionally (since he left the Australian shores at 16yrs of age) as a Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and has danced more than 20 collaborations where he originated the role. Smith has worked with World Renowned Choreographer’s such as Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Alexi Ratmansky & Natcho Duato, dancing with the best dancers around the world on the most prestigious stages on four major continents.
Smith now continues to share his performance skills through his master classes and his own original dance/art, contributing to Museums and Art Collections around the world. This next phase of his career combines his skill and knowledge of dance, music, the visual arts and film to create unique multi-media works across all disciplines.
His short film installation “Arrellah” created for the San Jose Museum of Art is an exploration of his Wanaruah identity. “I did a lot of research on my family’s line and our culture and it taught me, a lot about who I am.”
We at the Newcastle Dance Awards – Australia are truly blessed to have such a dear friend as Damian Smith to act as our Principal Judge for 2018. It goes to show that dance friends are friends for life, and we are excited to be able to bring you this new Scholarship Awards Program for our young dancers in the Hunter Region and Central Coast Areas.
Former member of the Australia Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Aerial Ballerina with Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas.
Prudence now runs a private studio in Newcastle dedicated to teaching correct stretching techniques.
Professional Entertainer and Professional Dance Adjudicator for Australia & NZ.
Congratulations to you Kimberley and Ron Knight
What absolute Gems of the Entertainment industry to have wonderful people like you helping others to achieve their Dreams is just fantastic well done.
God Love you.
Mahoney Management Australia
“We are 100% behind supporting the Newcastle Dance Awards each and every year
as a Scholarship Sponsor.
Believing you can acheive your dreams is the key to success, whilst working hard at improving your skills along the way – you will always come out in front.
Dance is an amazing tool for a young adult to mold their confidence
and endurance in all they do.
We look forward to helping young dancers in our beautiful city of Newcastle, Australia –
a place we are proud to call our Home”
Laraine and Colin Bunt – Owners of Hamilton Heritage B&B