retro-dance-partyThe second Dance World Cup 2013 Channel Island Dance Championships will take place at Fort Regent, Jersey on 14 March 2013. This competition is open to all children and young adults under the age of 25 years who are currently living in the Channel Islands. All participants must be registered with a recognised local dance school or group and they are entered into the event by their dance teachers.

The three day event is open to the general public and will finish on Saturday 16 March 2013 with a Gala performance of the winners who have taken part in the competition. Young dancers from Jersey and Guernsey Dance Schools will be competing at the event to be crowned Channel Island Dance Champion in their dance genre be it Ballet, Modern, Tap, National and Street Dance to name a few of the genre titles on offer at the competition.

The dancers will also be hoping to gain a place on their Island Dance Team. Those that receive a certain mark will qualify and then have the opportunity to represent their Island at the Dance World Cup competition that this year will take place in Brighton, England, from Monday 1 July until Saturday 6 July 2013. It is anticipated that large teams will be sent from both Islands to Brighton for the finals very similar of those that travelled to Disneyland Paris for Dance World Cup 2011. In 2012 both Islands sent smaller teams to Villach, Austria and a small medal haul was achieved by these talented dancers.

Bedell Cristin, Smith & Williamson (CI) Limited and Nautilus Trust are sponsors of the event and the organisers are forever in debt to Mrs Margaret Correia who has worked tirelessly to raise money for Dance World Cup so that each winning performer will have an award for their successes at the competition.

The Dance World Cup competition is open to all students who are enrolled at a recognised Dance School or any school that has a qualified dance teacher on their staff. Competitors must be aged between 4 to 25 years and they then compete in the following disciplines:

  • Ballet (section kindly sponsored by Smith & Williamson (CI) Limited)
  • Modern – Contemporary (section kindly sponsored by Bedell Cristin)
  • Modern – Jazz and Show Dance
  • Tap
  • Song & Dance
  • Hip Hop and Street Dance (section kindly sponsored by Nautilus Trust)
  • National and Folklore Dance.

The competition is open to viewing by the general public and we are delighted to announce that the Gala evening will be in the presence of the Bailiff and other Island dignitaries.

Tickets:

Thursday 14 March, Friday 15 March and Saturday 16 March (all sessions except Gala) – tickets available at the gates £1.00 entry in the day and £5.00 in the evening.

Saturday 16 March 2013 Gala Performance – All tickets are to be purchased through the Fort Regent Box Office Telephone 449827 or email: active@gov.je.

There will also be a retiring collection at the end of each session for Friends of Jersey Oncology: The Jersey Oncology Unit – this is our chosen charity for DWC 2013 events within the Island.

Dance World Cup 2013

DWC Limited are also pleased to announce, that a Jersey based administration team will be travelling to Brighton, England in June to put on the Dance World Cup finals event where it is anticipated that over 2,500 competitors will take part from over 20 countries including Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, America and most of mainland Europe and Great Britain. This will be the third year in a row that the Jersey based administration team have travelled to an international venue having run the event in Disneyland Paris in 2011 and in Villach, Austria in 2012.

DWC Limited has also invited two local professionals to be present on the Jury’s at the Spanish and Russian Qualification competitions for the 2013 Season. Mr Christophe Chateau and Mr Colin Stanier will be travelling to these countries to sit on the Jury.

HISTORY

Dance World Cup is a non-profit making organisation that strives to give children and young adults the opportunity each year to perform in a Theatre in front of an international jury and audience.

A German lady called Korinna Soehn originally set up the competition. The inaugural competition was held in Hellas, Greece in 2001.

In 2009 Dance World Cup was hosted in Jersey by Mr John Grimshaw – Director of DWC Limited the company that organises and puts on the Dance World Cup event each year. Over 1,000 children from 20 different countries attended this event we believe the first of its kind.

In 2010 the Dance World Cup was held in Sardinia, Italy and 15 young dancers travelled to represent the Island at this event where they had great success in the competition bringing back medals in Song and Dance, National and Tap Dance disciplines.

In 2011 over 250 children from Jersey and Guernsey attended Dance World Cup in Disneyland Paris and Jersey finished third in the overall country award table – a fantastic achievement for the Island. This was the first event that was wholly organised by the Jersey based DWC team.

In 2012 approximately 30 children from Jersey and Guernsey attended Dance World Cup in Villach, Austria where they joined 2,000 children and young adults from around the world, it was an amazing cultural event brought to a small city in Austria.

FUTURE

Dance World Cup has recently launched their new website to include online entry systems for smaller international countries that do not organise a qualifier and this year we will be introducing Live Streaming of the Finals event so that those that cannot travel to the Finals can still experience the Dance World Cup competition online.

In 2014 the Dance World Cup competition will be held in the Algarve, Portugal during the first week of July, the Portuguese community are very much looking forward to welcoming the International dancers to their area. It is also still our intention that the Dance World Cup Finals competition will return again to the Channel Islands in 2016.