Pint-sized dancers from TDC (The Dance Company) at Spotswood have been crowned Australian champions in the prestigious Hollywood Bound National Dance Championships run by industry veteran Peter Oxford.

More than 80 students from TDC travelled to Sydney to compete against some of Australia’s finest performing arts schools. The youngest dance troupe, the Mini Elites, was awarded first place for routines in four divisions.

The 16 members, aged 5 to 8, went on to win the overall Battle Of the Stars championship with a performance of

When She Loved Me from Disney’s Toy Story. They won a cash prize and a trip to Thailand for their teachers.

Two other TDC teams were named national champions in their divisions, while two senior students were named Dancer Of The Year in their categories, winning a trip to Italy and New York respectively.

TDC director Lisa Anne Hammer said she was “beyond proud” of her students.

“Their love and passion for performing arts astounds me,” she said.

“I see so much value in dance competitions for young kids as it helps them develop their confidence and skills in a supportive environment.”


Goya Dmytryshchak