Dancers’ quest for glory


Photo supplied by Sophie Nock

Sophie Nock with previous dancing trophies

Brooke Couper, Reporter

Dance Quest is rhythmically running over the June long weekend, approximately 22km from Perth at the Swan Park Theatre in Midvale. Commencing from Saturday May 25 and then running from Wednesday May 29 to Monday June 3.

Dance Quest is a “unique Theatrical Dance Competition,” which allows dancers to compete in sections of Solos, Duos, Trios and Troupes, with Troupes being split into small and large groups.

Dance Quest includes different age categories from three years and under to open ages in the classifications of novice, intermediate and open.

The competition comprises of many genres including Modern Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Acrobatic and Hip Hop and the rules and conditions of entry state the competition is open to amateur performers only.

Sophie Nock has been dancing for seventeen years, starting from when she could first walk at the age of two.

This year Sophie is very busy at Dance Quest, as she has entered Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acro Solos, as well as Acro, Tap and Contemporary Duos and lastly the tap scholarship.

Sophie explained she isn’t entering to win a prize, “I don’t go into competitions to win, I do them as I love the atmosphere and love to be having fun on stage.

“Therefore I’m not aiming for anything, just the happiness in the way I perform. Placing is only a bonus.”

The great sportsmanlike behaviour can be commended as the rules also state “inappropriate, unfriendly or unsportsmanlike behaviour by competitors, teaching staff and relatives of competitors or spectators will not be tolerated.”

However, the competition claims “we are the only competition that offers such large prize awards in Perth,” with contestants being able to contend for the eight prizes up for grabs, the largest being $1000 plus a free banner ad on the WA Dance Directory for six months.

Sophie already dances four times a week and in the lead up to dance quest trains four times a week at Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre in general classes. “However,” she added, “I will take on weekly private lessons to run through and critique my solo and duo routines.”

Due to copyright conditions during the competition, sound and visual recording is strictly prohibited.

The rules are very strict on this stating, “no video, sound or camera equipment is allowed in the auditorium. Mobile phones with cameras must be turned off.

“Contravention of this condition may result in the disqualification of the competitor/troupe and a possible fine of the individual.”

Dancers awards are given for first, second and third places, as well as Honourable Mention awards announced midway and during the conclusion of each section.

“Results are based on the personal preference of each adjudicator, and the reports and points awarded may be different for each adjudicator.”

Dance Quest is a chance for dancers from around WA to showcase their work in front of peers and other competition studios, in a healthy, supportive, yet still competitive environment.