UDO Australia National Street Dance Championships 2015
UDO Australia National Street Dance Championships 2015
Introducing our judges...
Melbourne based choreographer, Phill Haddad, is an inspiring and exceptionally talented dancer and artist. As a highly sought after choreographer, Phill has been ‘smashing it’ on the dance floor for nearly two decades and has worked both nationally and internationally.
Phill Haddad’s extensive list of choreographic credits include, but are not limited to, working with and supporting artists such as Destiny’s Child, Boys II Men, Ru Paul, Ja Rule, Ashanti, NTrance, Peter Andre, CDB, Marcia Hines, Deni Hines, Joanne feat BZ and Ilanda as well as theatrical performances with ‘Grease the Arena Spectacular’, ‘Shout’, ‘Annie Get Your Gun’, ‘High Society’ and ‘Oh What A Night’. Phil has also choreographed and performed in numerous TV shows such ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, “Neighbours”, “Hey Hey It’s Saturday”, “IMT”, “Blue Heelers” as well as the ARIA awards, music video clips, concerts and toured nationally and overseas. He has choreographed, produced and directed his own shows, such as ‘Rhythm Runners’, a nationally toured event. His talents are very highly respected and as such, Phill has been invited for the past 10 years to judge competitions such as ‘Australian Hip Hop Championships’ and the ‘Australian Step Off Hip Hop Competition’.
Phill is a tireless, diligent and enthusiastic choreographer, always teaching and performing, always willing to impart his creativity and energy upon those fortunate enough to either train with him or see him perform.
Established firmly into the world of break dancing, Keith Bearne is currently at the forefront of the Australian dance industry as a teacher, choreographer and dancer.
With a plethora of experience, Keith began his career as a young kid with an interest in gymnastics, his skills and ability took him to first place in both Floor and Team events. His attention soon shifted to breakdancing after attending the finals of X-Games. It was here that he witnessed the Australian legends of breaking, Wickid Force, and it was this experience that set him on his chosen path.
For years he trained and learned the craft of break dancing, eager to learn from some of the best in Australia. After several years, Keith was inducted as a full member of one of the world’s top breakdancing crews, Wickid Force.
His journey from those early beginnings has seen him rise within the dance industry, gaining a respected reputation as one of the greats of break dance currently active in Australia, both as a competitor and as a choreographer. It is this reputation, along with his experience and achievements, that has permitted him to actively work and pursue his passion in breaking.
Keith’s numerous national and international credits as a choreographer and dancer include: membership of Wickid Force, Mass Mayhem, Katumba, Team Loko and the South Dragons Cheerleading Squad; choreographer for Wickid Force, Mass Mayhem, Subsonic and Beatphonik; teaching residencies at some of Melbourne’s elite schools such as Xavier College, Wesley College, Ivanhoe Grammar, St. Leonards, Methodist Ladies College and Camberwell Grammar; TV commercial appearances for Just Jeans, Kia and Philips; TV work in China, Singapore and Sth Korea; national TV and promotional appearances including The Footy Show, The Hawthorn Football Club, H&M, Puma, New Balance, L’Oreal, Revlon and Ford; winning several competitions including X-Games Victorian Championships, Fed Square Battles & Urban Quest in addition to placing Top 8 as part of a Bboy Unit in Japan; and being heavily involved with community and development organisations and programs such as the Indigenous Hip Hop Program, Araluen, Club Wild, Jets Studio and the Diamond Valley Special Development School.
Highly regarded and sought after, urban dance choreographer Etienne Khoo has enjoyed a diverse career spanning over a decade. His exceptional talents and creative mind have allowed him to continuously work in all facets of the entertainment industry as both a dancer and choreographer.
In addition to numerous high profile events and TV shows such as being a chosen choreographer for Australia’s ‘So You think You Can Dance’ and appearances in StarStruck and Coca Cola commercials, Etienne has toured Australasia (including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia) where he has also conducted and taught at numerous workshops, events and shows.
He is extremely proud to have been commissioned by Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) to create Australia’s most comprehensive dance syllabus in Hip Hop. These tutorials are available on DVD and used to train teachers and students both in Australia and abroad.
As artistic director of Dance Virus Productions (DVP) he has won 2 years back-to-back Australian Hip Hop Championship, as well as taking DVP to represent Australia in San Diego in 2009, coming 5th place in the world championships.
Etienne is based in Melbourne where he is Director and Co-Founder of O2Studios (www.o2dancestudios.com). As well as teaching classes at his own studio, he also teaches Hip Hop and Performing Arts at colleges such as Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, Victorian College of the Arts and Ballarat College of Art.
Having recently returned from Canada where she worked with Madonna to launch Hard Candy Fitness, Arna Singleton a.k.a Robotgirl, is an extremely respected and highly sought professional hip hop/urban choreographer, dancer and performer.
Her amazing talents have catapulted her to the forefront of the Melbourne urban dance scene and has allowed her to showcase her works throughout various avenues such as TV, stage shows, festivals and music videos with clients ranging from Pop to Corporate. Her numerous credits include – Fame: The Ultimate High School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance, Australia’s Got Talent, Everybody Dance Now, The Good Friday Appeal, The Footy Show, The 7pm Project, Undrgrnd, Australian Dance Festival and the Short and Sweet Dance Festival. This is but a small sample of the extensive dance exposure and experience that Arna has generated for herself and highlights just some of the remarkable achievements that she has accomplished.
She has elevated her skills and technique by taking opportunity to learn from hip hop dance greats such as Suga Pop (Electric Boogaloos/Rock Steady Crew), Mr Wiggles (Electric Boogaloos/Rock Steady Crew), Popin' Pete (The Electric Boogaloos), Greg Campellock Jnr (The Lockers), Shabba Doo (The Lockers, Breakdance - the movie) and Buddha Stretch (MopTop/Elite Force Crew).
In addition, Arna has been nominated and become a finalist at the Victorian Dance Awards the categories of favourite female choreographer, favourite dance event and favourite dance online video. She is also the director and choreographer for the all-female dance crew, Hollabak (youtube.com/hollabakdc).
Arna produces hip hop/urban dance events, recently celebrating the 10th year of Step Off, and continues to teach her craft to eager participants throughout numerous schools and community centres.
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