16 September 2014
On Sunday night, students from the Caper School of Performing Arts, Bella Vista, won the Audience Vote, plus $5,000, by emerging as the most popular act in the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Dance of the Champions. The show took place before a full house at the Science Theatre at the University of New South Wales, and with television cranes cruising the rafters, while fans screamed nonstop, it sparkled from start to finish with fun, energy and unlimited talent.
The Caper group scored their victory performing ‘The Wild, Wild Party’ from the musical The Wild Party to their own pre-recorded vocals. Choreographed by Jess T of the Dance Academy, the number shaped on a narrative theme and in extravagant costume, the dancers looked as if they had stepped out of the jazz age.
The team qualified for this event earlier in the season by winning the Musical Theatre Dance Group for entrants aged 16 years and under. In this event, the Caper team impressed adjudicator Michelle Collins with their energy, excellent partner work and the way they succeeded in working together as a team. Ms Collins admired the choreography, along with the costuming and said the girls, in particular, looked fantastic in their twenties style wigs and glittering chemises.
Introduced into the Sydney Eisteddfod program in 2008, Dance of Champions carries a total prize purse of $28,000 and shapes as a final battle of the best between the top teams from various dance group events. Both the jury and the audience choose their own winners and award first, second and third prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 to their chosen groups. This year,19 groups qualified for the event and the Caper kids emerged as the most popular act in the program.
The show will screen nationwide on Network Ten on Saturday, October 25 at 3pm.
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information