We are delighted to have industry experts Tegan Avolio and Liezel Vogel on board as judges for the 2017 Breakthru School Music and Dance Competition!
Tegan has been performing and competing in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop from a young age. She grew up in Orange, NSW and moved to Vevey, Switzerland at age 15, where she continued to train and perform during her two years overseas. When Tegan returned to Australia, she based herself in Sydney where her career took off. Tegan trained with some of the best in the industry including William A. Forsythe, one of Australia’s most sought after directors/choreographers. She continued to work and train in the performing arts industry during her four years in Sydney, focusing on performing, adjudicating and entertainment managing.
Tegan enjoys nothing more than teaching and inspiring children and passing on her passion of dance, music and theatre. For this reason, when Tegan moved to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, she opened her own dance studio, Prestige Performing Arts, and boutique children’s entertainment service, Fairyland Adventures.
Liezel completed a bachelor’s degree in drama in Pretoria, South Africa and was also vocally trained by an opera singer during her time at University. She has performed in industrial theatre and musical and educational theatre, and has also taught drama and singing.
She currently sings as part of the Coolum Beach Baptist Church Worship team and has experience in judging, having judging the Airlie Beach Idol contest. Liezel loves music and says singing in the car is her favourite pastime!
Please note: judges will deliver verbal feedback to students following their performance. If a dance act contains elements of music/singing or a music act contains dance moves, students will only be judged on the criteria relevant to the category they are competing in.