MASTERS’ DANCE EXPO AUSTRALIA 2017
Words by Sumaiya Rizvi
Images by HRPR
Last month’s mega event, Masters Dance Expo 2017, was held at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre and attended by industry leaders, dance professionals and dance enthusiasts, with five championship titles and on-the-spot competitions churning out $30,000 in cash prizes.
Masters Dance Expo 2017 saw a sell out crowd of attendees and participants, with talented dance crews from New Zealand, Hobart, Queensland and Melbourne battling for a win, providing the audience with the best in dance entertainment. The full day program was packed with workshops, seminars, competitions, stalls and giveaways, all dedicated to dance.
The highly acclaimed choreographer, Sue Ellen Shook, delivered a Jazz Dance workshop like no other. Speaking with participants it was evident their experience was hugely beneficial, with ‘one on one’ coaching with Sue, whilst networking with like-minded jazz dance enthusiasts.
Renowned choreographer Loredo Malcolm, highly regarded for his work on the ‘Book Of Mormon’, conducted a Contemporary Dance workshop that was nothing short of an exhilarating experience. A few of the participants had been to the ‘Book of Mormon’, and were fascinated by the choreographer’s insights into the production, as well as his ‘behind the scenes’ accounts.
Another industry heavy weight known for his fierce stage presence and epic choreography, CJ SALVADOR, judged the Street Dance Championships. For many dancers, it was a dream come true to be in the presence of an international dance sensation.
Choreographer Gerard Pigg’s Commercial Dance workshop, was yet another highlight of the day.
Meanwhile prizes and surprises were up for grabs, with Hairhouse Warehouse, Bloch Dancewear, Inspire Dancewear, Foxx makeup, and Couture Costume among the stall holders sponsoring gifts.
In between dance championships, competitions and workshops, the audience were enthralled with a silent disco, followed by Hip Hop royalty Rob Rich running a workshop like no other. The day concluded with his entourage RICHFAM, delivering a memorable performance finale to Masters’ Dance Expo 2017.
**Save the Date: Masters Dance Expo Australia 2018 – Sunday 27th May
**Sumaiya was a guest of Helen Reizer HRPR
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