On 29 October 2016, two of Yevshan dance ensemble groups participated in a National Dance KAR competition, winning 8 awards and “All Stars” Title – see photos below – and received an invitation to attend the New York City Dance Experience in July 2017. The competition was held in Michael Murray Performing Arts Centre at Westminster School. The judges were from New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.
Competing in the National Dance KAR competition were professional dance companies such as SA Performing Arts, Xcel Dance studios, Pivotal Dance, Precizion Dance, TIDC Performing Arts Studio and Thats Dancing and more.
Yevshan groups received the following awards:
- For the Spring Dance they were awarded:
- Top Rising Stars Small Group 12 – 14
- Rising Stars Small Groups Most Entertaining Award
- Rising Stars Video of the Week
- Top Rising Stars Small group in Ethnic/Indigenous Category
- For the Hopak dance they were awarded:
- Top Rising Stars Large Group 12 – 14
- Rising Stars – Australia’s Ultimate Dance Award
- Top Rising Stars Large group in Ethnic/Indigenous Category
- High Point Award 1st place in 12-14
- the group was awarded a Title of “All-Star Dancers” and received invitation to attend the New York City Dance Experience in July 2017.
- Yaroslava King choreographed and taught both groups and received the:
- Outstanding Choreography Award.
KAR (Kids Artistic Review) is dedicated to recognising and encouraging dancers across the country and thousands participate on their stages. They acknowledge the achievements and excellence of teachers, choreographers, and parents. It was originally America’s National Dance Competition – now also in Australia.
AUSA congratulates all members of Yevshan and especially the instructors and choreographers – Yaroslava King, Aliona King, and Victor Bovkun – who prepared the dance groups for the competition. AUSA asks the Ukrainian community to support them by attending the fund-raising events that will be organised in 2017 to help in off-setting the costs of sending these young dancers to attend the New York City Dance Experience. For more information/photos on the Dance KAR competition and coming news check out the AUSA Facebook page: