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Australian National Championships 2017 - Information

Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville, South Australia

Tuesday 26th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017

Access to the Goyer Pavilions via the Duncan Gallery Foyer only with valid wristband.

50 Years of Australian Irish Dance Championships




Access to the Venue on Monday 25th September

Box Office & Vendors Hall (including ticket collection, dancer pack collection & Member pack collection) open on Monday 25 September between 2pm and 4pm.


Door entry and program sales

There is a door entry fee for all attendees to the championships. (This does not include competing dancers). There is also a special program being produced.

Adult - 1 Day Pass: $35.00

Child - 1 Day Pass: $5.00

Program - $25.00

Discounted rates are available for multiple days and for Seniors. Please check Information Document at the top of this page for full table.

See AIDA Inc website for sales or purchase at the door.

Online tickets will close on 18 September 2017 at After that time, tickets will only be available from the AIDA Inc. Box Office.


Opening Hours

• 2pm – 4pm (Mon 25 Sept only) • One hour before competition start time daily (Tues – Sun)

Box Office Services

  • Ticket collections and sales

  • Program collections and sales

  • Sale of competition marks/results ($5 each)

  • Collection of guest and sponsor passes

  • Teacher’s wristband and program collection



Parking is available for purchase at the Adelaide Showgrounds for $8 per day.

Full details are available at: visit/carparking/


Dancer Registration (Jubilee Pavillion)

Located off Duncan Gallery

All dancers should collect their dancer pack from Dancer Registration as early as possible prior to their dance day.

Dancer Registration Services

  • Dancer/competitor wristband collection

  • Dancer/competitor pack collection (certificates and numbers) Ø Notification of any withdrawals


Pacific Team Dance Days

Below is a list of the days that all Pacific dancers are competing in both Solo and Team competitions. We would encourage families to come along and support other dancers throughout the week, especially the younger competitors.

Tuesday 26th September

SOLO - Sinead, Niamh N, Ella, Paige, Erin

Wednesday 27th September

SOLO - Anika, Ciana

TEAMS - Sinead, Niamh N, Isla Rose, Olivia

Thursday 28th September

SOLO - Alex, Claudia

TEAMS - Sinead, Niamh N, Isla Rose, Olivia, Ella, Jane, Paige, Erin, Sabine, Lillie E, Madison, Anika, Declan

Friday 29th September

SOLO - Michelle

Saturday 30th September

SOLO - Sofia


Rehearsal Schedule

A rehearsal schedule will be listed here prior to the National Championships. Please refer to this listing after it has been posted.


Warm-Up Room (Jubilee Pavillion)

Located off the Duncan Gallery.

The warm-up room is available for all competitors located off the Duncan Gallery in the Jubilee Pavilion.

  • Dancers competing on that day or next should please be given priority.

  • Please be respectful to your fellow dancers when in the warm-up room.

  • When not in use for the competition or running of the event, the championship

  • stages are closed and are not be used by any competitor or school.


Social Media

Don’t miss any of the action. The AIDA Inc. Social Media team will keep you updated on the Championships with our live commentary and Twitter feed. See the latest photos and results at:

  • Live Commentary:

  • Twitter: @aidc_2017

  • Instagram: #AIDC2017

Should any dancer or dancer’s parent or guardian wish to be excluded from any of these photographs, please contact one of the social media team or


Team Dinner

A team dinner will be held on Thursday 28th September after the completion of the Under 12 Team results. Timetable

The location will be the Buckingham Arms Hotel and it will be a smorgasbord meal for $35 per adult and $16 per child.

Thursday 28th September

Buckingham Arms Hotel

1 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton SA 5081

Please make sure you have RSVP'd if you intend on coming along.


Opening Ceremony

Everyone in Adelaide on the Monday should attend the official opening ceremony. This is a special event and from all accounts will be a brilliant evening. Details are below:

Monday 25 September at 7.30pm (Free entry)

Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville, South Australia

Includes memories of the past 50 years with a display of dancing from each state depicting the different eras.


50th Anniversary Merchandise

The official merchandise for this years event are being provided by Bling It On. The special edition merchandise are only available via preorder but other merchandise will be available at the venue.

Products are now available to preorder on their website


Official Tanners

Bookings Now Open for Pointe Perfect - Official Tanners for the Australian Championships

Adelaide Showgrounds

Available Monday-Friday (10am-6pm)

Dear teachers & members,

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as the 2017 Australian Championship Official Tanners. Situated at the on site pavilion within the Adelaide Showgrounds, we will be providing Irish dance level tanning for all of this years National Championship competitors.

We are excited to once again be bringing back the smoothest and most vibrant tan on the market today, "Black Magic - Bikini Tan". Below this email, you will be able to find the links to our booking which can be easily accessed by all parents, dancers and families from around Australia.



Unless booked out prior!


Official Vendors

  • Prodigy Performance (Platinum Vendor) o Sew Irish

  • Ditto Dancewear

  • Skotnicki Irish Dance Dresses

  • Liz’s Hair Stop o Celtic Harp

  • Pointe Perfect

  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Winkipop Media


Golden Gala Ball

Saturday 30th September at 7.45pm

Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville, South Australia

Tickets are currently on sale on the AIDA Inc website. Further information below.


Music Suite - An Austrail 50 years a growing

‘For the 50th Celebration The Marie Duffy Foundation has sponsored an amazing suite of music entitled ‘An Austrail 50 years a growing’.

A special souvenir CD of this piece of music will be available for purchase at the Australian Championships in Adelaide following the Opening Celebration and throughout the event. All monies raised will be sent to the Marie Duffy Foundation (MDF).


Shoe Bank

At the Australian Championships, AIDA Inc will be supporting the MDF with a Shoe Bank ‘Shoes for Shining Stars’.

The Shoe Bank helps young aspiring dancers in new developing areas where resources are scarce and children can only dream of having a pair of their very own dance shoes to practise their new found passion of Irish dance. It aims to assist at the grass roots of Irish Dance where dancers have to share shoes and maybe only get to use them every third or fourth week in class; such is the demand and sadly the inequity on our planet.

We are therefore appealing to the extended family in Irish Dance to make donations of good quality second hand shoes to the Shoe Bank. The shoes will then be sorted and sent out all over the World to places where a pair of shoes may be equivalent to two to three months wages. These shoes will be gratefully received by the Shining Stars in these areas.

The Shoe Bank will be located in the vendor’s area in Adelaide. Please go along and visit the Shoe Bank and write a little message to accompany your donation and support to dancers less fortunate than yourself.’


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