Event is all the rave

It is a dance event that reels in the region's best dancers and brings them together for a weekend of learning and performing. RAVE* was held at the Northern Festival Centre in August and saw 250 participants from eight organisations take to the stage to perform old and new dances. Students from St Mark's College, Port Pirie West Primary School, That's Dancing from Port Lincoln, In Step from Streaky Bay, Foot Light from Minlaton, Whyalla Ballet School, Hip Hop Bounce and Cabarfeidh School of Dance took part in the event, with it being said to have been the best one yet. Natasha English-McCulloch, the director of Hip Hop Bounce says that not only did the event have a memorable vibe, it is also a one of a kind event that proves to important to the region's dancers.

"Rave this year was our best one yet. The vibe backstage as well as in the audience was brilliant. Everyone was really happy and relaxed and getting into it. I think being in a regional area, we don't have anything else on this magnitude. We have guest artists and few little competitions here and there but they are on a very small scale. I think what this event offers is the ability for people to be together, work together and feed off of each other," she said.

The weekend included workshops that delved into all genres of dance, they explored performance qualities, specific techniques and also provided a unique opportunity to participate in an audition section.

"Students learn the dance on the day and then perform it. We flagged four of the workshops as audition workshops, the dancers then had the option to then nominate themselves and go out on stage later that day and do it," she said.

Two significant achievements that students can aim towards is becoming a RAVE* Legend, but also being selected for a scholarship that has to potential to successfully propel a dance career. This year, Hip Hop Bounce student Leo Johnson received a scholarship to Lucy Ellis's ETEP in Adelaide. The program includes a lot of conditioning and skills with guest artists. Natasha explains that Leo is an incredibly natural dancer and for the young age of 11, has a lot of confidence and skill that could drive him into a dance career. "I think it was wonderful that he built up to have the confidence to do that and was able to do that be recognised for it. I see his future on the stage. If he keeps his mind to it because he is really driven, he will have a really successful career in dance," she said.

The RAVE* Legend was Whyalla Ballet School.

RESULTS

1. RAVE* Dance Piece - Schools - Primary

- Port Pirie West Primary School, "In My Head" - RAVE* Award

- St Marks College, "Unity" - Judges Award

2. RAVE* Dance Piece - Dance Schools - Secondary & Open

- Whyalla Ballet School, "Unsteady" - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Tall Poppies" - Judges Award

3. Open Genre Solo - Junior Primary & Primary

- Whyalla Ballet School - Josiah - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, Amarli - Judges Award

- Footlight Dance Experience, Isabella - Honourable Mention

- Footlight Dance Experience, Skye - Honourable Mention

4. Open Genre Solo - Intermediate

- Whyalla Ballet School, Chloe - RAVE* Award

- That's Dancing, Cadence - Judges Award

5. Choreograph Your Own Solo - Junior Primary & Primary

- Hip Hop Bounce, Leo - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Whyalla Ballet School, Keeley - Judges Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, Shyla - Honourable Mention

- InStep Dance, Kirralee - Honourable Mention

- Hip Hop Bounce, Holly - Honourable Mention

6. Choreograph Your Own Solo - Intermediate

- Whyalla Ballet School - Mia - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, Holly - Judges Award

- Cabarfeidh School of Dance, Chloe - Honourable Mention

- Cabarfeidh School of Dance, Kenya - Honourable Mention

7. Choreograph Your Own Solo - Senior

- Hip Hop Bounce, Ella - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, Sarah - Judges Award

8. Jazz Duo - Primary

- Footlight Dance Experience, Holly and Isla - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, Shyla and Lailah - Judges Award

- Footlight Dance Experience, Matilda and Alice - Honourable Mention

9. Lyrical or Classical Duo - Primary

- Whyalla Ballet School, Josiah and Maddie - RAVE* Award

- Footlight Dance Experience, Charlotte and Harlee - Judges Award

10. Lyrical or Contemporary Duo/Trio- Intermediate

- That's Dancing, Isabelle and Zoe - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, Sophie, Ella and Jade - Judges Award

11. Hip Hop or Jazz Duo/Trio - Intermediate

- Hip Hop Bounce, Jasmine and Mia - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, Regan and Sally - Judges Award

- That's Dancing, Isabelle, Zoe and Kirralee - Honourable Mention

12. Open Genre Duo - Senior & Open

- Hip Hop Bounce, Sarah and Naomi - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, Lucinda and Riley - Judges Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, Jessica and Cassie - Honourable Mention

13. Jazz or Pom Group - Junior Primary & Primary

- That's Dancing, "Carwash" - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Whyalla Ballet School, "Salute" - Judges Award

14. Contemporary or Lyrical Group - Junior Primary & Primary

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Eyes On Me" - RAVE* Award

- Footlight Dance Experience, "Safe and Sound" - Judges Award

15. Jazz Group - Intermediate

- Whyalla Ballet School, "One Woman Army" - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Footlight Dance Experience, "Calling All The Monsters" - Judges Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Knock On Wood" - Honourable Mention

16. Pom Group - Intermediate

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Brilliance" - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Rising Stars" - Judges Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Jenny From The Block" - Honourable Mention

17. Hip Hop Group - Intermediate

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Jail Time" - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Roll Call" - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Boss" - Judges Award

18. Tap Group - Intermediate & Senior

- Whyalla Ballet School, "Heads Will Roll" - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, "No Rules" - Honourable Mention

19. Contemporary Group - Intermediate & Senior

- Hip Hop Bounce, "La Familia" - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- That's Dancing, "True Colours" - Judges Award

20. Jazz or Pom Group - Senior & Open

- Whyalla Ballet School, "Mamma Mia Mash" - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Beyond" - Judges Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Gatsby" - Honourable Mention

21. Hip Hop Group - Senior & Open

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Beast" - RAVE* Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Don't Get Comfortable" - Judges Award

22. Contemporary or Ballet Group - Open

- Whyalla Ballet School, "Time Span" - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- Hip Hop Bounce, "Piece of String" - Judges Award

- Whyalla Ballet School "Soldier" - Honourable Mention

23. Tap Group - Open

- Whyalla Ballet School, "Can't Hold Us" - RAVE* Award

24. Improvisation Battle

- Hip Hop Bounce, Leo - Audience Choice

25. Open Genre Solo - Senior

- Hip Hop Bounce, Ella - RAVE* Award and RAVE* Legends Berth

- That's Dancing, Sarah - Judges Award

- Hip Hop Bounce, Aislynn - Honourable Mention