About Us & Our Comps
OUR MISSION To provide dance students of all ages the opportunity to perform before a receptive audience in a positive environment for qualified adjudication, prizes and trophies.
COMMITTEE We’re a very small, but committed group. All of us began our involvement because our own children or grandchildren were/are participants in the Eisteddfod. For most this is now not the case and so we are always looking for more Committee members to ensure the future of this event. 2024 will mark our 40th. event! (42nd. year of operation and 21st. year as “Casey Comps”) We are financially secure and so potential Committee members need not be concerned about this aspect of the Eisteddfod’s operations. We like to use this situation to maintain a high standard of reward for our competitors and, over the years, support improvements to the Cranbourne Community Theatre where we hold our event.
Dates for Cranbourne Community Theatre at the Secondary College in 2023 are Saturday/Sunday October 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29. Following the success of 2022, a Troupe weekend will be held on October 7/8. We will again use the Stardom system to limit entries to the available time across the four weekends. Full payment must be made at the time of entry or the details will be discarded. Please understand that we are a Committee of volunteers and do not have the capacity to allow additional time for competition. Don’t leave things to the last minute or you may miss out.
Cranbourne Community Theatre, Cranbourne Secondary College, Stawell Street, Cranbourne, 3977. Parking available near the Brunt Street entrance. (Opportunity for Props to be loaded into the Theatre, then cars removed to specified parking by entering at the Clarendon Street entrance by arrangement with the Committee and a security code.) Melway: 133 K4. A 260-seat theatre. At times in the Eisteddfod or for Championship/large Troupe sections, it may be necessary to restrict competitor access to the auditorium in favour of general audience members. Stage area approx. 7.5m. x 4.9m. Wing space is limited, being 1.8 m. on each side.
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Here they are. Please be aware that, in matters outside those directly covered by the rules, the Committee’s decision should be considered final.
Adjudicators – 2023
Lianne Radloff (Weekends 1 and 3) began her Classical Ballet training at the age of 9 under the guidance of Beverley Rowles in Corrimal NSW, studying the RAD Syllabus and completing exams from Grade 3 to Advanced level. During her final years of training, she travelled to Sydney’s North Shore for private tuition with Prudence Bowen. At the age of 18, Lianne joined the Dance Encore Company under the direction of Lesley and Bruce Scott and travelled nationally and internationally for 6 years. Lianne moved to Melbourne with her young family where she commenced her teaching career, juggling the difficult but rewarding task and passion of teacher/dance mum. Lianne’s current long-term position as Senior Ballet teacher of over 20 years is at Centrestage Performing Arts and SHOWFIT under the direction of Ian and Leanne White and, although classical ballet teacher is her primary focus, Lianne has also taught and appreciates the different techniques involved in tap and jazz. Lianne’s ballet students successfully reached finals in RAD Audrey Nicolls Grade Awards and the Ballet Teachers Workshop Scholarship. Lianne has also had students perform in professional musicals including Annie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Gypsy and several students over the years completing their training at both the Victorian College Of The Arts and the Australian Ballet. Lianne is passionate about creating a positive environment for all students. She is drawing upon these passions in continuing opportunities as an adjudicator. Lianne hopes to encourage young students to pursue their love of dance and to pass on her many years of knowledge and experience to dancers of the future.
Nichole Davis (Weekends 2 and 4) Nichole started dancing professionally at the age of sixteen. Her experience spans musical theatre, the Victorian Opera, theatre restaurants, television variety shows, television commercials and major sporting events. Nichole enjoyed working in the era of entertainment television with well-known celebrities such as Bert Newton, Daryl Somers, Ray Martin and Don Lane. She has acted as dance captain for theatre restaurants and been involved in national and international promotional tours for major companies as well as being in great demand as a choreographer for musical theatre and television. Nichole worked as a freelance teacher throughout most of her professional career and opened her own school 25 years ago. She holds Licentiate Cecchetti Qualifications and is working towards her Fellowship. Nichole is also on staff at the Victorian College of the Arts as a teacher and assessment panellist. She travels Australia guest teaching and adjudicating eisteddfods. Recently Nichole was honoured to have her junior students chosen to appear as the sample students in the new Cecchetti Syllabus DVD’s. We warmly welcome Nichole back for a ‘regular’ stint after being our special Scholarship Adjudicator in 2022.
Jaz Flowers graduated from the University of Ballarat Musical Theatre course in 2008 and has consistently garnered roles in several productions to critical acclaim. Most notably, Jaz won the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in the multi award-winning production of Dainty Entertainment’s Hairspray for which she won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical and received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Female Actor in a Musical. Jaz’s theatre credits also include the female lead roles in David Atkins’ Hot Shoe Shuffle, Cabaret, Shane Warne the Musical, and Fame The Musical. Jaz has presented our Anthem at the NRL State-of-Origin as well as the Australian Open grand final at Rod Laver Arena and appeared on The Voice in which she won a spot on Grammy Award-winning Keith Urban’s vocal team. Jaz moved to London in 2014 and performed on London’s West End as well as having a lead role in a Proms production of Kiss Me Kate. Returning home, Jaz scored a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for her lead role in Heathers, the Musical and, more recently, starred as Oz in Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You. In 2017 Jaz took over her mums dance school of 47 years “Vicki’s Dancing Academy” and revamped it into Jaz Flowers Performing Arts, where she achieved great success over 6 years. Jaz has since closed JFPA to be a full time mum, but is looking forward to her new journey as an adjudicator.