DanceLife Unite Nationals 2017 is Australia’s Elite National dance championship. It is a dance competition with a difference – not only providing excellent performance opportunities, but it also delivers the distinct advantage of having both Australian and International professional judges encouraging and mentoring students. Dancers from all across Australia travelled to Sydney to compete in the National titles. The competition started on Tuesday 19 September and finished on Sunday 24 September with the Grand Final.
Regional heats took place in Brisbane in July with all Sheldon College Dance Troupes qualifying for Nationals. This is the first year Sheldon College has travelled to Sydney to compete at Nationals. 31 dancers represented the College at Nationals and performed four items in the competition which was held at Olympic Park. Places taken by the College were ‘Castle on the Hill' which received 4th Place in the High School Dance Group – Jazz or Hip Hop section, 'Step in Time' took out first place in the Entertainment section with a high score of 97 out of 100. Sheldon College received National Champion Runners Up across all High School sections. The College was asked to also perform as special guests at the Grand Finals on Sunday 24 September. Sheldon College was the only school group to perform at this prestigious event.
Sheldon College students participated in workshops conducted by leading dance professionals including Adam Parson, Alysha Percy, Stephen Tannos and Brandon Atoui. Miss Jessica Hughes - Head of Dance, Mr Rick Samuels and Mrs Colleen Palmer attended with the students and they enjoyed seeing the way students learned and developed their skills as dancers under the guidance of guest artists. Students also spent some time sightseeing in Sydney and building team morale.
The value of this experience was immense and all students left feeling inspired, motivated and encouraged to continue pursuing their interest in dance. They were encouraged to build confidence, to create their voice and develop as artists, and to be the best versions of themselves.