Art Forms – 2018 Tap Dancing

National Young Performer Awards


2018 Criteria for Tap Dancing

A. Performers shall be 15 and under 21 years as at 1st of October 2018.

B. Each performer shall compete in three classes during the preliminary rounds in the following order:

  1. Championship 3 Speed
  2. Tap Dance, own selection (not Song and Dance).
  3. All performers will participate in a Master Class, taken in the manner of an Audition, conducted by, or for, the Adjudicator. No audience observation will be permitted. The Master Class will be taken into consideration in determining  the semi finalists


C. There shall be a maximum time limit of four minutes for each dance, taken from the beginning to the conclusion of the music. A penalty of 5 marks will be imposed if the time limit is exceeded by 10 seconds.

D. There will be a Semi final of up to twelve competitors who will repeat either B1 or B2 at the discretion of the adjudicator. The number of semi-finalists is determined as per the NYPA rules 7.1-7.2. Competitors will be chosen based on their marks in the Preliminary round(s).

E. For the Final Award Concert six competitors will be recalled, and shall repeat the item not performed at the semi final.


Society Nomination

Each Society, which is a financial member of PACANZ, may nominate up to two competitors, which shall be selected by the adjudicator,based on a performance as outlined in A, B1, B2 and C.

The adjudicator will determine that a competitor has displayed a sufficient standard of performance to competently represent that society at the National Finals.

The standard required will be at the absolute discretion of the adjudicator but will include:

  • A demonstration of adequate preparation
  • An authority of performance
  • A performance with a level of maturity commensurate with a national final competition of this age group.

If the adjudicator considers that sufficient standard has NOT been reached by any competitor, then NO nomination will be made.

The nominating Society is responsible for paying part of the entry fee National Young Performer of the Year Award i.e. $75.00 inc gst

The Nominee is responsible for paying part of the entry fee to the National Young Performer of the Year Award i.e. $175.00 incl gst


Please note:  Nominees in the tap dancing section are required to include performance copies of their music on cd when submitting their entry form, and a list of the titles and composer/artists of the pieces

2018 Tap Dance Criteria


Past Winners

1980      Lane Tito

1983      Leola Goodall

1986      Nicola Donald

1989      Kerryn Swanston

1992      Jessica Hayes

1995      Glynn Gray

1996      Benjamin Todd

2000      Will Sabin

2002      Vicki Loynes

2004      Matthew Sintes

2006      Andrew Cesan

2008      Jaimee Sammut

2010      Simon Watts

2012       Alyssa Moore

2014       Brandon Carter-Chan

2016       Josh Wadley