In the absence of our annual Janet Cram Awards, the Modern Theatre Faculty present a new online competition! Open to all pupils of Society members, competitors will learn one short piece of repertoire choreography specified for their age group, which is filmed and submitted by their teacher. All entries are adjudicated by Faculty staff and results will be announced via an online showcase on Thursday 15 October 2020.
How to Enter
Please read all the entry criteria, health and safety sections and our competition terms & conditions with care before entering.
Entry ticket/s are available to purchase for your pupil/s via Eventbrite (see below). Maximum 30 pupils per section, per school (read the full T&Cs below).
Your order confirmation will include links to the repertoire videos relevant for your competitors age range.
Once your pupils have learnt the repertoire, upload video/s of your pupil/s performing the relevant repertoire on our secure platform by the deadline Sunday 13 September 2020.
Finalists will be announced on Thursday 15 October 2020 at 6 pm with a show reel of finalist solos and videos from choreographers, adjudicators and committee members.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Finalists will receive certificates and a prize (TBC).
Selected Winners may have the opportunity to be chosen to go forward to represent the Modern Theatre Faculty in the 2021 Theatre Bursary Award.
Entry Criteria / Rules
All competitors must be entered by a teaching / Registered member of the Society.
Open to all pupils of Society members worldwide, within the three age ranges and levels detailed below:
JUNIOR: 8 to 11 yrs on 1 April 2020 - Must have passed ISTD Grade 2, 3 or 4 Modern & no higher.
SENIOR: 11 to 14 yrs on 1 April 2020 - Must have passed ISTD Grade 3,4, 5 or 6 Modern & no higher.
PREMIER: 13 to 17 yrs on 1 April 2020 - Must have passed ISTD Grade 5, Grade 6, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate Modern or Advanced 1 Modern & no higher.
The qualifying examination for JUNIORS and SENIORS must have taken place between 1st October 2018 & 1st April 2020. For Premiers – between 1st April 2018 & 1st April 2020.
Competitors must have been trained at the School entering them, from 22nd October 2019.
Once teachers have submitted their pupil’s video/s there will be a two-stage adjudication:
Stage 1: Heats Adjudication - This will be led by a panel of judges including senior Modern Faculty representatives and the Finalists chosen.
Stage 2: Finals Adjudication - This will be led by the choreographers and by a Modern Faculty representative, Winners and Runners up will be chosen.
Schools can enter up to 30 pupils in each section, this includes branches’ & assistants’ pupils.
No late entries will be accepted, closing date is Sunday 13 September 2020.
Competitor name, competitors’ section must be written on an A4 sheet and held by the competitor in clear sight at the start of the video.
Age appropriate dancewear should be worn, with no logos or branded clothing.
Competitors body and feet must be clearly visible on the recording throughout.
The Adjudicators decision is final, individual feedback will not be provided.
The integrity of the teacher is relied upon to ensure that the rules are followed by all participants to enable the smooth running of the event.
Health & Safety
Safe dance practice / Floor craft are paramount.
Teachers should ensure their competitors are fully warmed up beforehand and perform the dances in a safe manner, which will not cause injury, ensuring the area chosen to dance is suitable and clear from any obstructions.
For safeguarding and security reasons it is preferable that teachers use a recording device with (preferably password protected) a memory card.
If teachers choose to use a mobile device, the footage should be uploaded immediately to the secure link through Modern Events Dropbox provided by us once the footage is transferred, this should be deleted from your device and not stored.
Meet our West End Experts
Alan Burkitt - Junior Section Choreographer
Alan was born in Canterbury and started his dance training at the Deborah Capon School where he won All England Tap Dancer of the Year. He went on to graduate from Performers College.
Theatre credits include: Jerry Travers in the UK Tour of Top Hat the Musical, Lee Hart in Kiss Me Quickstep (Eastbourne Theatres) Original West End Cast of Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre, Singin' in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre), Andy Lee in 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre/Curve Theatre Leicester), The Prince in Adam Coopers' Shall We Dance (Sadlers Wells Theatre), Cats (understudy Rum Tum Tugger and Munkustrap, German Tour), Featured Artist in Viva La Diva (UK Arena Tour and DVD Release), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, London), Movin' Out (understudy Tony, Apollo Victoria Theatre), Crazy For You (understudy Bobby Child, UK Tour), One Touch Of Venus (Opera North, UK tour and Sadlers Wells), The Ha'penny Bridge (The Point, Dublin), Santa Claus The Musical (The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton), Featured Artist in Ol Blue Eyes (Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline), Children Will Listen (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Tap Soloist in Sondheim's 75th Birthday Celebrations (Hackney Empire / BBC Radio).
Television Credits: The Sound of Musicals (Channel 4), Strictly Come Dancing, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Dancing In The Streets, Children In Need, and Blue Peter (BBC) and An Audience With Kylie Minogue (ITV).
Choreography Credits include: Strictly Come Dancing, Assistant Choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance? He has choreographed the UK tour of 'Fascinating Aida'.... 'Charm Offensive', also playing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Alan teaches Jazz and Tap at various colleges in and around the London area.
Nick was born in Northampton and began dancing at the age of 4 at Parkside Academy. At age 9 he joined the Young London Ballet Company and won a place at The Royal Ballet School and moved to White Lodge. Nick continued his training at Laine Theatre Arts, and it was here that Nick began to flex his choreographic muscles, inspired by his tutors Barbara Evans and Arlene Erb.
Director & Choreographer theatre credits includes: the first UK revival of MAME, starring Tracie Bennett (Hope Mill Theatre - 7 Whatsonstage nominations including Best Musical Revival and Best Choreography); the 30th anniversary production of FAME (West End, UK tour & International tour - Broadway World nomination for Best Choreographer); CHESS starring Ramin Karimloo and Samantha Barks (Tokyo and Osaka); the first original UK revival of CATS (Kilworth House Theatre - Broadway World Award nomination for Best Director); ROCK OF AGES (UK tour and Berlin); THE WEDDING SINGER (Troubadour; UK tour and South Korea - DIMF Award for Best Musical); AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (National Theatre, Linz - 8 Broadway World nominations including Best Director, Best Choreographer & Best Musical); FLASH MOB (Peacock Theatre and UK tour); GUYS AND DOLLS (Kilworth House Theatre); CLUB TROPICANA (UK Tour); BUGSY MALONE (Leicester Curve - Broadway World Award nomination for Best Director and Best Choreographer); A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Leicester Curve) and TOMORROW MORNING (New End Theatre).
Choreographer credits: WAITING FOR GODOT (Lincoln Center, New York); ANNIE (Piccadilly Theatre, UK Tour, South Africa and Toronto - Broadway World Award nomination for Best Choreographer); LOSERVILLE (Garrick Theatre - Olivier nomination for Best New Musical, Broadway World nomination for Best Choreographer); HORRID HENRY: LIVE AND HORRID (Trafalgar Studios); THE WIZARD OF OZ (Royal Festival Hall); KISS ME, KATE (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg; Graz Opera); SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (Leeds Playhouse, The Royal Exchange, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and Royal Danish Opera); LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Salisbury Playhouse - Broadway World Award nomination: Best Choreographer); WHITE CHRISTMAS (Leeds Playhouse - Broadway World Award nomination: Best Choreographer) CALAMITY JANE starring Jodie Prenger (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour - Broadway World Award nomination: Best Choreographer); LOVE STORY (Minerva Theatre, Chichester). Opera: THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO (Opera North, Sadler’s Wells, Moscow State Opera, Bonn Opera and Minnesota Opera - RPS Award for Best Opera); IL TURCO IN ITALIA (Garsington Opera); FORTUNIO (Grange Park Opera); BENZIN (Chemnitz Opera).
TV and Film credits: director & choreographer of THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE in the presence of HRH Prince William (London Palladium and ITV); FAME: LIVE FROM THE WEST END (Broadway HD); Choreographer for: MIRANDA: MY SUCH FUN CELEBRATION (London Palladium and BBC); SONDHEIM AT 80 starring Dame Judi Dench (Royal Albert Hall and BBC); SHAKESPEARE LIVE! FROM THE RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC - BAFTA nomination for Live Entertainment) and music videos for BOB THE BUILDER (Universal).
Andrew is a double Olivier Award nominee, double WhatsOnStage and Carl Alan Award winning choreographer. He was educated at Millfield School (Old Millfieldian of the year 2015, Distinguished Old Millfieldian 2012) and trained with the NYMT and Arts Ed.
Andrew directed and choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Kilworth House) which ran for two seasons. The Witches Of Eastwick (Stockholm) nominated for Best Choreographer Broadway World Awards 2019, Gypsy (Manchester Royal Exchange). This year Singin’ In The Rain Returns to London and Japan and he will direct and choreograph Carousel and Half A Sixpence at Kilworth House. He choreographed Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera), Nativity (Birmingham Rep and National tour), Five Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch Theatre) nominated for Best Choreographer WhatsOnStage Awards 2018, Half A Sixpence for Cameron Mackintosh (Chichester Festival Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre) winner of Best Choreographer WhatsOnStage Awards 2017, Singin’ In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre, Palace Theatre, UK national tour, Japan, Asia, Russia and Australia) winner of Best Choreographer WhatsOnStage Awards 2013 and nominated for Best Choreographer Olivier Awards 2012, Helpmann Awards 2016 and Broadway World Awards 2011/2016. Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre Phoenix, Savoy Theatre and National Tour).
Best Choreographer nomination Olivier Awards 2016 and Broadway World Awards 2014/16. Barnum (Theatre in the Park, Chichester and National Tour) Best Choreographer nomination Broadway World Awards 2013. 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre and Curve, Leicester), The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Minerva Theatre), High Society (National Tour), Wonderful Town (National Tour), Betty Blue Eyes (National Tour), Saturday Night Fever (National Tour), A Little Night Music (Palace Theatre), Follies (Royal Albert Hall), the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents(Theatre Royal, Bath, Noel Coward Theatre and Toronto) Best Choreographer nomination Broadway World Awards 2016 and Oliver (Curve, Leicester).The Showgirl Within (Garrick Theatre), Broadway to the Bay (WMC), Nunsense A-Men and Naked Boys Singing (Arts Theatre), Almost Like Being In Love (National Theatre), Stepping Out(Salisbury Playhouse), Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse, Union Theatre and Trafalgar Studios) Best Choreographer nomination Broadway World Awards 2010, By Jeeves (Landor Theatre), I Sing (Union Theatre) and Soul Traders (Edinburgh Festival).
Andrew directed and choreographed Happy Days (National Tour) Best Director/Choreographer nomination Broadway World Awards 2014 and Moby Dick The Musical (Union Theatre) Best Director nomination BroadwayWorld Awards 2016 and Time Flies (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). He was assistant director and co choreographer for Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall) starring Josh Groban and Idina Menzal and seven productions of The Night Of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall and Odyssey Belfast). He choreographed The WhatsOnStage Awards 2008 (Lyric Theatre) 2009/10 (Prince Of Wales Theatre), The Best Of Rock Musicals (Hammersmith Apollo) and the new Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow (Drill Hall). Cantabile At Christmas (Delfont Room, Prince Of Wales Theatre), Elaine Paige’s 2006 Concert (Lyceum Theatre and European Tour), 1000 Voices At The Arena(Sheffield Arena) and Robot Wars – The Live Event (National Stadium Tour).
Pantomimes include co director/choreographer Cinderella (London Palladium), director/choreographer Peter Pan , Snow White and Dick Whittington (Southampton Mayflower), Jack and the Beanstalk (Opera House Belfast), Aladdin (Wyvern Theatre) and Cinderella (Plymouth, Theatre Royal). Choreographer Dick Whittington (Bristol Hippodrome), Cinderella(Bristol Hippodrome, Mayflower Southampton and Wyvern Theatre ) and Snow White (Opera House, Manchester and Bristol Hippodrome). Lysistrata, Godspell, Blood Wedding, The Canterbury Tales and Hot Mikado for Eton College (Farrer Theatre).Betty Blue Eyes, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, My Favorite Year, 42nd Street,Spend, Spend, Spend, Putting It Together and State Fair (Arts Ed), My Favorite Year (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).
Andrew appeared on the Channel 4 documentary series The Sound Of Musicals. Andrew’s past performance credits include Scrooge (London Palladium), Mary Poppins(Prince Edward), Anything Goes (Drury Lane), Cats (New London), Follies (Festival Hall), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dominion and National Tour), La Cava (Piccadilly), Mack & Mabel (Piccadilly),Oliver (Sadler’s Wells), Dick Whittington – London’s Musical (Sadler’s Wells), Fred Astaire – his daughters tribute(London Palladium), A Chorus Line (Derby Playhouse and National Tour),Pickwick (National Tour), The Time Of My Life (Bristol Old Vic). He appeared in two Royal Variety Performances and recorded five Original London Cast Recordings.
Emily Goodenough - Assistant to Andrew Wright for Premier Section
Emily trained at Corraine Collins Dance Studios, before gaining a scholarship to Bird College. Since graduating, Emily has been working in Musical Theatre all over the world and has assisted many prolific choreographers such as Andrew Wright, Adam Cooper and Alistair David. She teaches at various vocational colleges and enjoys to spread the love of dance.
Theatre credits include: Associate Choreographer Gypsy (Royal Exchange Theatre); Associate Choreographer Witches of Eastwick (Swedish Premiere); Ensemble/Cover Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Théâtre Marigny); Assistant Choreographer/Suzanne in Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse); Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain in Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera); Dance Captain/Young Christine in Follies (National Theatre); 42nd Street (Théâtre du Châtelet); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House Theatre); Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain in Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward Theatre, and Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); Movement Captain in Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep); Assistant Choreographer/Peggy in Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall); Dance Captain in Evita (UK tour); My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible); Jesus Christ Superstar (Slovenia, Bronowski Productions); Wonderful Town (Royal Exchange Theatre with the Halle Orchestra); Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); Donna in Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK tour); Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Plymouth Theatre Royal and Manchester Lowry); and understudied and played Rumpleteaser in Cats (German tour, Cologne Musical-Dome and Frankfurt Alte Opera).
Terms & Conditions
Anyone competing in this online event does so at their own risk. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing will not accept any responsibility for any injury.
Teachers are responsible for obtaining written consent from pupils’ parents/carers/guardians before submitting their video/s.
By entering your pupils' videos, you have agreed on your pupil's behalf, that media consent is given. Therefore, if your pupil is a finalist and/or winner or runner up, their video may well be included in the Finals show reel. This video footage may be kept and used by the Society for any promotional purposes for up to two years.
Principals & Teachers – Please ensure all teachers involved in preparing pupils for the competition, are fully aware and understand the competition rules.
Routines will be available via a Vimeo link included in the Eventbrite automated email.
These videos are for Society members teaching purposes ONLY and NOT to be shown or shared with any other pupils, colleagues or on any social media platform.
There will be a Finals event online where we will present a compilation video of the finalists, accompanying videos from adjudicators, choreographers and committee members and announcements of winners and commendations.
Upon submission of your application on your pupil’s behalf you are agreeing to the criteria set above and that you agree to adhere to health and safety regulations and the competitor rules.