Grand Finals Day 2018
13 February 2019
Reports from another superb day of DFR
Street Solos by Michelle Arnell
The Street Solos event was a first for Grand Finals day. After an amazing Street performance from Twist and Pulse, the atmosphere in the room was electric. Dancers took to the floor in huge numbers. This new supporting event was extremely popular on the day. The energy and attitude from each and every competitor filled the room, dancers and teachers had worked hard on their Street routines. With many different Street styles being performed the competition was tough. The adjudicators had a difficult job ahead. As the competition progressed to finals, each and every dancer that remained was fierce. These dancers had a great sense of style and performance. Well done to every single one of you. It was fantastic to see so many dancers enjoying Street dance and working hard on this style. Let’s hope we can see more Street at events in the future.
Pairs by Dexi Rowland
As the floor filled for the last event of the day, the enthusiasm and excitement from both competitors and spectators made it feel like it could have been the first round. Dancing as pairs, competitors were split into age and graded levels. Each section put on a great show for the adjudicators and were certainly performing at a grand finale level. Every dancer gave their very best and the judges had a hard task on their hands. The winners were very deserving. Overall the display of Pairs routines was outstanding, with great use of floor craft and inspiring choreography. It was clear to see teachers have worked hard on creating the connection with partners, which was great to watch. Closing the competition with a group dance to Baby Shark was the perfect ending. It didn’t matter which dance school you attended everyone was together enjoying what we were all there for, which was dance and the DFR Faculty do this perfectly.
Pairs by Jo Bevan
So, as we headed into evening we started the first round of the Freestyle Pairs. It was lovely to see the dancers supporting the event so enthusiastically with lovely partnership dancing. There were a tremendous number of entries in the lower age brackets with the under 8 and under 10 dancers having to complete 4 rounds to make it to the final. The biggest section, however, was the under 12 Bronze and Below pairs where the children had to perform no less than 5 times to make it to that final. The adjudicators definitely had their work cut out when recalling the dancers as the standard was incredibly high.
It was fantastic to see to many of the higher grade dancers performing pairs this year. They were able to bring sophistication and intricate choreography to the competition, along with many beautiful costumes.
Even as time ticked on, and no doubt there were many tired legs on the dance floor, the dancers performed with energy, finish and most importantly a sense of fun, which was fantastic to see. With prize giving having taken place, and beautiful trophies being shared around the room it was time to bid farewell to Grand Finals Day 2018.
Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in DFR Grand Finals day this year. It was definitely a special year and it was a privilege to be a part of. Thank you so much to the hard working DFR Faculty Committee for all the preparation and organisation, not only before the event, but also during it. We teachers are hugely grateful for the opportunities you give our dancers.
Results were published on the ISTD website in October 2018. Read the full article