Year 13 Mount Hutt College student, Brooke Sandys has recently returned from a very successful trip to the World Championships of Performing Arts in California.
Brooke spent two weeks in July in Long Beach, CA, with 1400 singers, musicians, dancers, actors and models, who came together from all over the world for the official “Talent Olympics” for aspiring performers. A popular highlight of the international meet is the spectacular Opening Ceremonies and WORLDSTARS Parade of Nations. Similar to the Olympics Opening Ceremony, ‘thrilled’ contestants from over 50 countries parade in beautiful costumes representing their nations.
A full-day WORLDSTARS Boot Camp, the most comprehensive performing arts seminars and workshops given by top industry experts, is followed by six days of competition before 75 judges from the entertainment industry.
“The atmosphere of the competition was amazing, said Brooke, Being among like-minded people was a really positive experience. I learned so much while there, especially at the Boot Camp.”
Although Brooke travelled on her own she was roomed with Defy Dance, a dance troupe from Christchurch, “They took me under their wing and by the end I became a part of their team. I found the South African team really friendly, I was always surrounded by amazing company.”
Brooke came away with 7 medals! 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze along with an Industry Award and a US$30,000 scholarship to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
An amazing achievement.
One of Brooke’s gold medal performances was with an original comedy piece she had written about a young couple in love but as the character monologue continued you
could sense it wasn’t mutual and in fact the young girl’s love interest had no clue of her feelings at all. Brooke said, “I was so happy when it was well received by the
judges and audience, I took it to the semi-finals and it got me to the finals, which I was thrilled about!”
Brooke is extremely grateful to all the people who supported her to get to the competition, especially Café 131, the Methven Theatre Company, the Methven Masonic Lodge, and Cinema Paradiso. “Also a massive thank you to Mum and Dad, all my friends and family, and every single member of the community who supported me and donated. I would like to also thank the Defy Dance team for making me feel so welcome in their company and the whole New Zealand Black Stars team.”
The scholarship to NYCDA is for a two year professional training course in film and TV which she will hopefully attend in either January or August next year. “It’s an opportunity not to be missed and I will be happy wherever it takes me, I am just going with the flow.”