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THE CONVENTION

THE CONVENTION

After the release of the first edition of LIGHT THE WAY - INSPIRING STORIES FROM AUSTRALIAN DANCERS, the Producers Louise Telford & Kelley Abbey identified how important it was for the next generation of dancers to be educated and inspired by the true greats of the industry. From this, the premise of Light The Way Dance Convention was born, making it the most unique and spectacular dance convention this country has ever seen.

MASTERCLASSES & WORKSHOPS

The convention will gather the biggest names in the business in the first of it's kind event where the true legends of Australian dance will teach masterclasses, Q&A industry panels, once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities and more.

This event will have strictly limited numbers and workshops will be about quality, not quantity. The students will dance in Australia's newest state-of-the-art theatre Sydney Coliseum and the adjoining West HQ that has the capacity to cater to workshops and shows. In the masterclasses that take place in the theatre, the students will be rotated up onto stage in their groups once they've learnt the choreography so they are getting the true theatre experience, as nothing beats dancing on a stage.

PERFORMANCE & SHOWCASE GALAS

Over the three days of the convention, each evening will be a spectacular show in the Sydney Coliseum Theatre giving students of Australia once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities with working industry professionals. Our event is about bringing the industry together and inspiring and educating the next generation of Australian dancers.

FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2021 

We are transforming the theatre into a New York City Cabaret club for 'SPOTLIGHT - Musical Theatre Cabaret Gala' with live performances by some of Australia's best up-and-coming Musical Theatre students in a showcase like no other. The evening will be headlined by none other than industry royalty and Australia's most successful triple threat Caroline O'Connor.

SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2021 

This evening will be a celebration of dance at 'LUX - Performing Arts Showcase Gala'. An opportunity for Full-Time Performing Arts institutions to perform at Sydney Coliseum in front of the biggest names in the business and the Australian performing arts community. To find out more please contact Producer Louise Telford hello@lightthewaydancecollective.com

SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2021

This evening will be the culmination of the Light The Way Dance Convention at 'SPECTRUM - Performing Arts Showcase Gala'. This spectacular gala is open to Australian Performing Arts Studios with incredible group performance opportunities for students of all ages. To find out more information please contact Producer Louise Telford at hello@lightthewaydancecollective.com

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THE CONVENTION FACULTY

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Kelley Abbey

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Kelley Abbey

Caroline O'Connor

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Dein Perry

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Sarah Boulter

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Cameron Mitchell

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Kate Wormald
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Sophie Holloway
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Stephen Tannos
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Michael Dameski

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Robbie Kmentoni

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Deone Zanotto

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Cassie Bartho

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PJ Clarke

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Leanne Cherny
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Jack Chambers
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Paris Cavanagh

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Paul Malek

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Neale Whittaker

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Tiana Canterbury

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Jarryd Byrnne

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Jorja Rae Freeman

 
 

THE PROGRAM

FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2021

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DAY • 8AM - 5PM

Friday 12 November 2021 is a day geared specifically to all pre-professional aspiring performing artists, as well as current professional dancers who want to immerse themselves in everything the Australian dance industry has to offer.

Prepare yourself for the biggest names in the business to inspire and educate the next generation of Australian dancers. The day will include masterclasses, mock auditions, career advice and industry panel discussions.

MOCK AUDITION WORKSHOP

The day will include a mock-audition workshop facilitated by convention producer and Australian dance royalty Kelley Abbey. Students will be put through their paces by a panel of industry heavyweights including Caroline O'Connor, PJ Clarke, Leanne Cherny & Kelley Abbey, learning the skill needed to endure an authentic cattle-call audition. At the completion of this mock audition, 3 x $1000 scholarships will be awarded by the panel to three remarkable auditionees and the TOP 20 will be chosen to perform in the opening number of SPOTLIGHT with Broadway performer Deone Zanotto.

SPOTLIGHT • MUSICAL THEATRE CABARET GALA 

As part of the Friday evening gala, successful musical theatre students will also have the chance to perform on the same billing as industry royalty CAROLINE O'CONNOR. The Producers of Light The Way Dance Convention will be undertaking a pre-convention tour to audition potential students for this once-in-a-lifetime showcase. 

SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2021

LIGHT THE WAY DANCE CONVENTION 8AM - 5PM

A full day of workshops, masterclasses and industry panel Q&A sessions with Australia’s most prolific and successful dancers, choreographers and creatives. Never before has a faculty of this calibre been assembled to inspire and educate the next generation of dancers.

               

WORKSHOP GENRES

At the convention we will be offering the following genres: JAZZ • HIP-HOP • LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY • MUSICAL THEATRE • TAP • LATIN     

                                                                         

LUX • PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE GALA

The Saturday night Showcase gala will be a celebration of dance, with the opportunity for Fulltime Performing Arts studios to perform on this state-of-the-art stage at Australia’s newest multi-million dollar venue Sydney Coliseum Theatre. The evening will also include performances from professional dancers choreographed by some of the best creatives in Australia.

 

This gala event is the perfect opportunity for Fulltime Schools to give their current students an outstanding performance opportunity in front of the biggest names in the business, as well as showcase their school to potential fulltime students who are attending the convention.

SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2021

LIGHT THE WAY DANCE CONVENTION • 8AM - 4PM

A full day of workshops, masterclasses and industry panel Q&A sessions with Australia’s most prolific and successful dancers, choreographers and creatives. Never before has a faculty of this calibre been assembled to inspire and educate the next generation of dancers.

               

WORKSHOP GENRES

At the convention we will be offering the following genres: JAZZ • HIP-HOP • LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY • MUSICAL THEATRE • TAP • LATIN     

                                                                         

SPECTRUM • PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE GALA 

SPECTRUM will be a celebration of dance with studios from all over Australia coming together under one roof in a celebration of dance. This gala event is the perfect opportunity for Australian Performing Arts Studios to perform at this multi-million dollar theatre in a show that Australia has never seen before. The show will also feature professional companies and individual artists, we have some of the biggest names in the business coming onboard.

 

You do not want to miss this special event!

 
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THE VENUE

SYDNEY COLISEUM THEATRE

The dance convention will take place at Australia’s newest multi-million dollar theatre, Sydney Coliseum and the adjoining WestHQ, Sydney’s leading landmark destination for Entertainment, Fitness, Lifestyle and Accommodation in the Western Sydney Region.

 

Performing arts students will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and perform at this magnificent venue that is sure to become one of Australia’s most iconic performance institutions.

 

As part of the WestHQ precinct, parents of students will be able to enjoy all that this fantastic area has to offer - restaurants, accommodation and entertainment options for this brilliant weekend of dance.

We are currently negotiating convention rates at the Novotel WestHQ as part of the precinct, so you can make this a family weekend of dance with lots of entertainment options for siblings as well. Details to be announced soon.

 

PRICING & TICKETS

3-DAY PRO CONVENTION PASS • $365 • Pre-professional & Professional dancers 16 years plus

This all access pass includes includes over 24 hours of dance on Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 November 2021 with the biggest choreographers and creatives in the Australian performing arts industry. If purchased as separate masterclasses you would be paying in excess of $750, so this is remarkable value to get access to the biggest names in the business. This pass also includes performing in the Saturday evening Light The Way Pre-Professional Gala as part of your Fulltime Studio production number.

 

•THIS PASS DOES NOT INCLUDE A TICKET TO ANY OF THE EVENING SHOWS, THEY MUST BE PURCHASED SEPERATELY

2-DAY PRO CONVENTION PASS • $275 • Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday • Pre-professional & Professional dancers 16 years plus

This all-access pass includes includes over 15 hours of dance on Friday 12 & Saturday 13 November 2021 with the biggest choreographers and creatives in the Australian performing arts industry. If purchased as separate masterclasses you would be paying in excess of $500, so this is remarkable value to get access to the biggest names in the business. This pass also includes performing in the Saturday evening Light The Way Pre-Professional Gala as part of your Fulltime Studio production number. 

•THIS PASS DOES NOT INCLUDE A TICKET TO ANY OF THE EVENING SHOWS, THEY MUST BE PURCHASED SEPERATELY

2-DAY CONVENTION PASS • $275 • Saturday & Sunday • All ages 8 years plus

This pass includes includes over 15 hours of dance on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 November 2021 with the biggest choreographers and creatives in the Australian performing arts industry. If purchased as separate masterclasses you would be paying in excess of $500, so this is remarkable value to get access to the biggest names in the business. This pass also includes performing in the Sunday night show SPECTRUM as part of your dance studio production number. 

•THIS PASS DOES NOT INCLUDE A TICKET TO ANY OF THE EVENING SHOWS, THEY MUST BE PURCHASED SEPERATELY

CONVENTION SPECTATOR PASS • $40 per person • 1 Day

This ticket entitles you unlimited access to view all masterclasses at the Light The Way Dance Convention on one day of your choice.

Please note that capacity limitations apply for some of the rooms at the convention (other than the theatre) and spectator availability will be first come, first serve for each session.

•THIS PASS DOES NOT INCLUDE A TICKET TO ANY OF THE EVENING SHOWS, THEY MUST BE PURCHASED SEPERATELY

• A SPECTATOR PASS IS REQUIRED FOR ANY PARENTS THAT WOULD LIKE TO WATCH THEIR CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE DAY

EVENING EVENTS

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SPOTLIGHT  MUSICAL THEATRE CABARET GALA WITH CAROLINE O'CONNOR  FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2021• 7:30PM 

We are transforming the theatre into a New York City Cabaret Club for SPOTLIGHT Musical Theatre Cabaret Gala. With live performances by some of Australia's best up-and-coming Musical Theatre students in a showcase like no other. The evening will be headlined by none other than industry royalty and Australia's most successful triple threat Caroline O’Connor.

VIP PREMIUM CABARET SEATING $110.00 per ticket 

These exclusive tickets are at Cabaret tables of 8 pax with a Food & Beverage package included in the ticket price. 

Includes a bento box of canapes, arrival drink of your choice & premium seating in front of the stage.

Please note that a table comprises of 8 seats so you will be sharing with others if an entire table of 8 isn't purchased.

A RESERVE SEATING

Adults  $67.00 each              

Under 12  $47.00 each

 

B  RESERVE SEATING   

Adults  $47.00 each   

Under 12  $27.00 each

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LUX  PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE GALA • SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2021 • 7:30PM

This evening will be a celebration of dance at the LUX Light The Way Showcase Gala. An opportunity for Full-time Performing Arts institutions to perform at Sydney Coliseum in front of the biggest names in the business and the Australian performing arts community. 

A  RESERVE SEATING

Adults • $67.00 each              

Under 12  $47.00 each

 

B RESERVE SEATING   

Adults • $47.00 each   

Under 12  $27.00 each

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SPECTRUM • PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE GALA • SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2021 • 6.30PM

This evening will be the culmination of the Light The Way Dance Convention at the SPECTRUM  Australian Performing Arts Gala. This spectacular gala is open to Australian Performing Arts Studios with incredible group performance opportunities for students of all ages.​

A RESERVE SEATING

Adults • $67.00 each              

Under 12 • $47.00 each

B RESERVE SEATING   

Adults • $47.00 each   

Under 12 • $27.00 each

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FAQ'S

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND LIGHT THE WAY DANCE CONVENTION?

Co-produced by Louise Telford and industry icon Kelley Abbey, this convention is shaping up to be something Australia has never seen before. Bringing together the biggest and most successful names in the business under one roof to inspire and educate the next generation of Australian dancers is something both Louise & Kelley are very passionate about. It is so important that the dancers of today learn from the icons of the Australian dance industry and they are bringing them together all under one roof, on one weekend!

ARE THERE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES?

The Light The Way Dance Convention will be a celebration of dance like the industry has never seen before. The venue of the

Sydney Coliseum has been chosen with the evening shows in mind. We want to give the young dancers, pre-professionals and

current professionals of today the opportunity to perform in this state of the art multi-million dollar theatre. There are three shows

over the weekend, with multiple opportunities for Australian dance studios to take part in this celebration of dance. For more

information regarding performance opportunities please email hello@lightthewaydancecollective.com 

DO YOU NEED TO PURCHASE A CONVENTION TICKET TO PERFORM IN THE SHOWS?

If you're a student whose studio is performing in one of the evening shows at LIGHT THE WAY DANCE CONVENTION, you only have to purchase a performance ticket if you have NOT purchased a 2-DAY or 3-DAY convention pass. The cost of the performance ticket is $45 per student. 

DO YOU HAVE INCENTIVES FOR GROUP STUDIO BOOKINGS?

We have fantastic group booking incentives for studios and studio owners including discounted group rates, FOC tickets, accommodation and much more. Please contact Louise Telford for more information hello@lightthewaydancecollective.com

WHAT AGE GROUPS WILL BE CATERED FOR AT THE CONVENTION?

The Light The Way Dance Dance Convention will cater for ages 8 years and up! Our Friday 12 November workshops are

exclusively for Pre-Professional, Current Professional & Fulltime performing arts students, and Saturday & Sunday are for all age groups. Below are the three different age categories that will be separately catered for at the convention. 

 • JUNIORS  8 - 11 years

 • TEENS  12 - 15 years

 • PRE-PROFESSIONAL/PRO  16 years and above

WRISTBANDS

Each attendee will be given a wristband to wear for the entirety of the convention (they can be removed for the evening show performances)

IN THE EVENT OF A GOVERNMENT OR VENUE DIRECTED CANCELLATION DUE TO COVID-19 THE FOLLOWING WILL OCCUR:

  1. The decision to re-schedule the Light The Way Dance Convention will be made if necessary due to government restrictions until 2022.

  2. You will have the choice of transferring your tickets to the 2022 event or receiving a refund less a small administration fee.

  3. Refunds will be made within a 90 day period of the re-scheduling decision.

We can assure you will continue to closely monitor the situation and implement necessary contingency plans should the need arise.