Newcastle Dance Awards – Registration
Dance Registrations are Now Open Online – Ages 8-17yrs
see more details and How to Register here
$1,000 + in Dance Scholarships to WIN
The Newcastle Dance Awards will be awarding two $500 Dance Scholarship Awards to Best Junior and Best Senior dancers registered to compete in this competition.
Venue & Judging Panel
Our Venue and Judging panel will be announced in early February.
Our Judges will be a mixture of professional dancers & Scholarship Sponsors giving $1K or more.
Become a Scholarship Sponsor
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)
LET’S AWARD THE ELITE TALENT IN NEWCASTLE
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” 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 3 dancers in each division move to SEMI-FINALS (30 dancers)
Top 1 dancer in each age division move to FINALS to WIN JR & SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
You can also donate to our Scholarship Fund – so that each year we can continue to give more dance students awards and scholarship funds.
The Newcastle Dance Awards will be hosted by the 1st Annual Music and Fashion Expo – Australia.
where talented artists from our region get a chance to shine. It is our aim to find new Music talent, Pageant Queens and Elite Dancers at this wonerful annual event.
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 Australia, studied dance in Newcastle, Australia since she was 5yrs of age – with two amazing teachers whom she is still in contact with today – Maureen Whichello (Newmet Dance Theater) and Wendy Balogh (Wendell School of Dance), Kimberley attended Newcastle Hight School when the first dance courses were offered to a high school in Newcastle, after 4 years at Newcastle High studying dance with Maria Mawkes plus danced with the Newcastle Youth Ballet Company 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 for 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, Jazz (with Maria Ploski, Peter Blackburn and Aleta Northy), 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.
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 Shipsin 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 Ron Knight’s shows , working as a professional dancer for House of Soul- Australia and currently produces 4 Beauty Pageants (2 in Las Vegas & 2 in Australia) 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.
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
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