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ROAR Skills: Be heard, be seen

Holly Zapasnik

The 2016 ROAR Skills Competition & Showcase brings together the talent and enthusiasm of young aspiring artists and performers in an environment that encourages collaboration and experimentation.

What makes it unique is that performances must combine more than one genre to create a unique fusion piece. Melissa Twidale, founder and director of ROAR Skills explained what ROAR skills is and what it means to her.

“ROAR Skills is a dream come true for me; uniting hip-hop, latin and modern dancers and creating a new platform in which to inspire new and unique blends of choreography,” she says. “For the vocalists, it’s an opportunity for individuals to take the stage and present their individual creative flair from vocal challenges, lyrics and music composition.”

Kicking of the show is the soulful and ridiculously cool band ‘Small Town Funk’, followed by a variety of acts from some internationally recognised dance crews, rising artists Kirrah Amosa and many morew local singers, rappers, latin, hophop and modern dancers. “We have an amazing team on board aswell! Carissa Meyer (Event Manager) and Aaron Estrellado (Event Coordinator have contributed greatly to helping this event come to life. Carissa will also be showcasing her acrobatic skills on the night along with Aaron’s Hip Hop. Can’t wait!”

Hannah Wardman - Jazz Soloist from Village Performing Arts Sydney & Band ‘Small Town Funk

Hannah Wardman – Jazz Soloist from Village Performing Arts Sydney & Band ‘Small Town Funk

There is much to be seen at 2016 ROAR skills at Eternity Church Auditorium on Saturday 29 October.

“The objective of ROAR Skills is to enable creative collaborations between local performing artists of differing styles, skillsets and ages, supported by established performers, institutions, educators and businesses,” says Melissa. “Participants will perform either in front of a select judging panel or as non-competitive showcases in a one-night event open to the public.”

ROAR skills is all about networking, collaborating and creating something truly unique. By connecting young performers and exposing them to different disciplines they are able to learn from each other and find inspiration from each other’s unique talents. By fostering communication, motivation, creativity and organisation, ROAR Skills will contribute to positive youth development and help fuel a thriving arts culture in the State, with participants ranging from 6yrs to 30yrs old.

“This year’s event will become the foundation in which to seek scholarships and support for future events throughout Australia with plans to branch into Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in 2017; creating a National Finals,” explains Melissa. “Roar Skills Canberra is the foundation event beginning an evolution for creative fusion across a variety of styles within the performing arts.”

Small Town Funk

Small Town Funk

ROAR Skills seeks to support these artists along their journey and one of the primary ways in the future will be to offer scholarships to these aspiring performers to revered national and international performing institutions. The first round of events in 2016 will set the foundation for this, including assessment by ROAR’s talented and experienced judges:

Stephen Gow – of Beat the Streets Entertainment and one of Australia’s most renowned break-dancers.
Glen Todd – Actor & Dancer. Featured in music videos with Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas and many more.
Tobias Cole – Countertenor, conductor. Distinguished Artist in Residence at ANU School of Music.
Bobby Farqhar – Founder & Director of The National Acting School.
Amit Arora – Latin Dance instructor and performer with national and international experience.
Marco Selorio – CEO of MAS Presents (World Supremacy Battlegrounds Hip Hop Dance Comp).

the essentials

Where: Eternity Church Auditorium, 490 Sulwood Dr, Kambah
When: Saturday 29 October from 6.30pm
Cost: $30 per person | $100 4 person pass (pre-sold) & $35 (door). Kids under 10 years free.
Tickets: Moshtix & Street University (23 East Row, Canberra City, in the interchange)

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Holly Zapasnik

Holly is a final year public relations student at University of Canberra who will talk your ear off about her dog, Archie (who she will claim is the cutest kelpie in the world). As a Canberran who has lived here her entire life, Holly enjoys quaint little bookstores full of character and making people uncomfortable with her terribly bad puns. When she isn't at home geeking out on her computer, Holly can be found lurking around dog parks patting and playing with the best of them. More about the Author

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