School-age singers, dancers and musicians from across the Sunshine Coast will go head-to-head this Saturday, 18 June at the 2016 Breakthru School Music and Dance Competition grand final at Sunshine Plaza’s Riverwalk Stage in Maroochydore.
Close to 30 soloists and groups have participated in the six competition heats held to-date, with the 14 best performing acts – as voted by the public and competition judges – preparing to showcase their performance prowess in the hopes of sharing in the $30,000 prize pool.
The Breakthru School Music and Dance Competiton’s winning primary and secondary acts will each take away $6,000 cash for their school as well as $3,000 worth of Sunshine Plaza gift cards for performing students.
Sunshine Plaza will also award a $4,000 cash prize to the primary and secondary schools that place second in their final, and a further $2,000 for the schools that take out third place.
Sunshine Plaza Centre Manager, Michael Manwaring said schools from all ends of the Sunshine Coast would be represented on the grand final stage, with competitors from areas as widespread as Caloundra, Noosa and Beerwah coming together to perform on the weekend.
“It’s exciting to see acts ranging from dance groups and choirs, right through to music ensembles and solo singers,” he said.
“Each of the acts has something different to offer and the high calibre of performances really reinforces just how talented our local youth are.
“I have no doubt we are getting an opportunity to see the stars of the future and the judges will certainly have their work cut out for them in selecting the winners.”
Breakthru competition judges include Xanthe Coward, Co-Artistic Director of Sunshine Coast based XS Entertainment who is also well-known on the Sunshine Coast as a performance coach, actor, teacher, writer and director; and Penny Mullen, a highly regarded choreographer and dance teacher who has trained and worked nationally and internationally and has an impressive list of stage credits in both performance and production.
The following acts will compete in the grand final event:
Primary school grand final
• Caloundra State Primary School’s CalStars (dance group)
• Caloundra State Primary School Choir (music group)
• Currimundi Special School Hip Hop Group (dance group)
• Glenview State School Junior Performance Dance Troupe (dance group)
• Golden Beach State School Performance Team (music group)
• Landsborough State School Dance Excellence (dance group)
• Talara Primary College Dance Excellence Team (dance group)
Secondary school grand final
• Burnside State High School’s Jode and the Braziers (music group)
• Glasshouse Christian College (dance group)
• Glasshouse Christian College’s Bakani and Julian (music group)
• Kawana Waters State College’s Eminence (dance group)
• Maroochydore State High School’s Jazlyn and Lorita Brown (music group)
• Noosa District State High School’s Nicola Hewitt (music soloist)
• Noosa District State High School’s The Ronnettes (dance group)
The 2016 Breakthru School Music and Dance Competition is proudly supported by not-for-profit organisations headspace Maroochydore and ZedTwelve, which will raise awareness of the importance of youth mental health and wellbeing at this Saturday’s event.
The grand final will be held at The Riverwalk Stage at Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore on Saturday, 18 June, with members of the public invited to watch the performances. To find out more or view the performances from previous weeks, please visit www.sunshineplazabreakthru.com.
Fast facts – Breakthru School Music and Dance Competition
• 20 Sunshine Coast schools participating
• More than 400 students
• 28 music and dance acts
• 14 acts in grand final
• Three heats plus grand final over four weekends
• Grand final this weekend, Saturday, 18 June
• $30,000 prize pool
• Hosted by Sunshine Plaza
Schools battle it out in Breakthru grand final showdown
Saturday 18 June
Sunshine Plaza's Riverwalk Stage
Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore
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