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Just Dance 2018

The Australian School of the Arts’ annual dance celebration, Just Dance 2018, will take place on Saturday, 23 June in the Sheldon Event Centre. Performances will feature students from the ASTA Dance Academy, ASTA Professionals Program, Classroom Dance and the Senior College Choreography Competition. Each section will feature a range of genres including Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical and Musical Theatre.

This year’s event will comprise two shows. The annual 'Get Dancing' Award, in memory of the beautiful Chloe Saunders, will be presented during the Evening Show. This award is presented to a student who demonstrates, beyond everything else, a passion for dance.

MATINEE SHOW
3PM
 EVENING SHOW
6.30PM
Entertainment Troupe  Hip Hop Troupe
Junior Troupers White  Junior Troupers Blue
Year 9 Classroom Dance   Lyrical Troupe
ASTA 11/12 Elective B – Lyrical   Male Hip Hop White
Sass White   Year 10 Classroom Dance
Male Hip Hop Blue   Year 12 Classroom Dance
Junior Jazz Troupe   Sass Gold
Year 11 Classroom Dance  Female Hip Hop Blue
Junior Troupers Gold   ASTA 11/12 Elective A – Musical Theatre
Fusion Blue   ASTA 9/10 Intermediate – Musical Theatre
3rd Place Choreography Competition   1st Place Choreography Competition
Female Hip Hop White   Hip Hop Gold
Contemporary Troupe   Senior Jazz Troupe
Sass Blue   Fusion Gold
2nd Place Choreography Competition   Synergy
Tap Troupe   
Commercial Jazz Troupe   

Event Details:

Date: Saturday 23 June
Time: 3pm and 6.30pm
Venue: Sheldon Event Centre

Tickets:

Tickets will be available to book online through www.trybooking.com, closer to the date.

For more information, please contact Ms Foster in the Arts Hub on 3206 5556 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Arts Festival 2017

The Australian School of the Arts inaugural Arts Festival was held on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November 2017.

The festival, which featured performances by over 250 of our ASTA Dance and Drama Academy students, was a great success and we look forward to expanding and showcasing additional groups and performances in 2018.

Our Dance Academy ensembles showcased their great versatility in items including hip hop, jazz, contemporary, acrobatic dance and more. The winners of our Middle College Choreography competition were also featured at this event.

The Drama Academy performers presented three very different pieces of theatre. The Year 7 and 8 Musical Theatre group sang and danced their way into everyone’s hearts with their production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. The Year 7 and 8 Acting group performed a modern interpretation of Antigone, highlighting their excellent use of dialogue and emotions. And last, but certainly not least, the Year 1-6 group displayed some wonderful characterisation and storytelling in their performance of The Wizard of Oz.

Our ASTA Dance and Drama Academy classes provide our young performers with the opportunity to learn important skills sets, that will equip them to be a part of the many performance opportunities that the Department has to offer. We welcome all new students who are interested in the performing arts to sign up for our 2018 ASTA programmes. Please register your interest by contacting Miss Sheralee Foster in the Arts Hub on 3206 5556 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Success in National Dance Championship

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.

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Arts Academy Awards 2017

The 2017 Arts Academy Awards were held on Saturday 16 September, in the Sheldon Event Centre, in-front of an audience of over 800 people. This annual event recognises the best of Sheldon College student works across all Senior College art forms and incorporates the award ceremony for the student nominees from Fine Art, Music, Vocal Studies, Acting, Dance and Film, Television and New Media.

This year, over 300 singers, dancers and musicians took to the stage in performances which were nothing short of spectacular; while the stunning lighting and audio visual production was provided by students from the Australian School of the Arts' Film, Television and New Media Program.

Notable performances included ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘Africa’, ‘Incomplete’ and a wonderful ‘Mary Poppins’ medley – a nod to Sheldon College’s highly successful 2017 musical. A definite highlight of the evening was ‘When We Were Young’, an Adele song, performed by teacher Miss Rachel Head, Year 12 Female Vocalists (Eve), the Arts Academy Show Choir and the Arts Academy Band. Another highly popular item was "Somebody to Love", performed by our incredibly talented and much loved Arts Staff.

Mr Darren Harvey, Sheldon College Director of the Australian School of the Arts said “Tonight is a great example of what is possible when students believe in something and work hard towards achieving that goal. With the right guidance these students are capable of artistic feats that even they did not know was possible. Tonight was a true example of hybrid arts in action.”

Congratulations must go to all of the Performers and Award Nominees for a wonderfully memorable and enjoyable evening, and to the following 2017 Arts Academy Award Winners:

  • 2017 Gold Award - Chloe Crick
  • Technical Producer of the Year - Jack Vernon
  • Director of the Year - Jack Vernon
  • 2D Multi-Media Artist of the Year - Paris Brotherton
  • 3D Interdisciplinary Media Artist of the Year - Ellie McBain
  • Instrumentalist of the Year - Justin Zheng
  • Dancer of the Year - Taylah Brady
  • Actor of the Year - Jan Krawczyk
  • Actress of the Year - Chloe Crick
  • Female Vocalist of the Year - Chloe Crick
  • Male Vocalist of the Year - Kyle Colburn
  • Best Emerging Artist of the Year - Hannah James
  • ASTA Award for Excellence - Mikayla Yates
  • Middle College Cultural Award - Zephram Chambers
  • Senior College Cultural Award - Tara Alcorn
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