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2016 Industry Awards 

(Presented by Worldstars ™)

2016 Juniors:

 

Full ID Number JR/SR Name of Entry Competition Country Last Name First Name
16-J1092 JR JACK BUBB NEW ZEALAND BUBB JACK
16-J1261 JR AUTUMN RAE UNITED STATES SHANNON AUTUMN
16-J1311 JR CYNTHIA ZIETARA GREAT BRITAIN (UK) ZIETARA CYNTHIA
16-J1172 JR SOFIA TARASOVA UKRAINE TARASOVA SOFIA
16-J1317 JR BREEZE REDWINE GREAT BRITAIN (UK) REDWINE BREEZE
16-J1145 JR JOSIE PANTOJA UNITED STATES PANTOJA JOSIE
16-J1107 JR ALEXANDER PANTOJA UNITED STATES PANTOJA ALEXANDER
16-J1143 JR VERONICA COLON UNITED STATES COLON VERONICA
16-J1147 JR FRANCESCA MCNELLIS UNITED STATES MCNELLIS FRANCESCA
16-J1169 JR SAYLER CONOVER UNITED STATES CONOVER SAYLER
16-J1398 JR MIKA GOROSPE UNITED STATES GOROSPE MIKA
16-J1209 JR PAIGE FALLU AUSTRALIA FALLU PAIGE
16-J1395 JR JANELLE FERARO UNITED STATES FERARO JANELLE
16-J1019 JR SARIYAH HINES CANADA HINES SARIYAH
16-J1046 JR RACHEL CARINO CANADA CARINO RACHEL
16-J1097 JR KHAMRYN HAMMONDS UNITED STATES HAMMONDS KHAMRYN
16-J1102 JR KATHERINE KNAPIK UNITED STATES KNAPIK KATHERINE
16-J1126 JR MICAELA JOSEPH UNITED STATES JOSEPH MICAELA
16-J1129 JR TARISA PREECHATANGKIT THAILAND PREECHATANGKIT TARISA
16-J1204 JR MILINA MIHIC AUSTRALIA MIHIC MILINA
16-J1214 JR ISABELLA CHAO AUSTRALIA CHAO ISABELLA
16-J1479 JR POLLIANNA RYZHAK UKRAINE RYZHAK POLLIANNA
16-J1006 JR CHLOE PATERNOSTER UNITED STATES PATERNOSTER CHLOE
16-J1050 JR ZIONAH BUTLER UNITED STATES BUTLER ZIONAH
16-J1063 JR IZABELA JATI CZECH REPUBLIC JATI IZABELA
16-J1075 JR CHRISTIANA SCHILLER UNITED STATES SCHILLER CHRISTIANA
16-J1085 JR NATKAMOL POCHANART THAILAND POCHANART NATKAMOL
16-J1095 JR TABBITHA EVELYN CLINE UNITED STATES CLINE TABBITHA
16-J1106 JR KIONDWA LUBULU UNITED STATES LUBULU KIONDWA
16-J1124 JR ABBYGAYLE RASINSKI JAMAICA RASINSKI ABBYGAYLE
16-J1165 JR JUAN JOSE VILLATORO MANZO GUATEMALA VILLATORO MANZO JUAN
16-J1202 JR ELLA SINCLAIR AUSTRALIA SINCLAIR ELLA
16-J1223 JR LETITIA ANDREEA ROMAN ROMANIA ROMAN LETITIA
16-J1287 JR CHARL JEAN PIERRE DU PLESSIS SOUTH AFRICA DU PLESSIS CHARL
16-J1386 JR GLEN MCLOUGHLIN IRELAND MCLOUGHLIN GLEN
16-J1509 JR KAMILA MALIKOVA RUSSIA MALIKOVA KAMILA
16-J1521 JR PERFECT HARMONY UNITED STATES   PERFECT HARMONY

 

2016 Seniors:

 

Full ID Number JR/SR Name of Entry Competition Country Last Name First Name
16-S1047 SR JADA MCKENZIE-MOORE CANADA MCKENZIE-MOORE JADA
16-S1251 SR VEENEA KAMALAM PASCUAL NAIR PHILIPPINES NAIR VEENEA KAMALAM
16-S1060 SR ARGEL MONTE DE RAMOS CANADA MONTE DE RAMOS ARGEL
16-S1122 SR MICHEAL DAVID JAMAICA DAVID MICHEAL
16-S1256 SR SHEENA LEE SANTOS PALAD PHILIPPINES PALAD SHEENA LEE
16-S1281 SR WERNO OOSTHUYZEN SOUTH AFRICA OOSTHUYZEN WERNO
16-S1377 SR JIZELLE DEA LAUSA FORMILLEZA PHILIPPINES FORMILLEZA JIZELLE DEA
16-S1058 SR ANNELISE DIAMOND NEW ZEALAND DIAMOND ANNELISE
16-S1073 SR RUBY DONALDSON NEW ZEALAND DONALDSON RUBY
16-S1183 SR TACHAYA PRATUMWAN THAILAND PRATUMWAN TACHAYA
16-S1273 SR MURRAY ANDREW CLARK SOUTH AFRICA CLARK MURRAY
16-S1365 SR SIMEON PHILIPP VENTURA MANCOL PHILIPPINES MANCOL SIMEON PHILIPP
16-S1416 SR VINCENT RICHARD FRANCE RICHARD VINCENT
16-S1123 SR AMY FINNIGAN NEW ZEALAND FINNIGAN AMY
16-S1185 SR BITA AREFNIA AUSTRIA AREFNIA BITA
16-S1190 SR MAYRA HONDEMA NETHERLANDS HONDEMA MAYRA
16-S1208 SR SHAKAIA JAE AUSTRALIA TICKLE SHAKAIA
16-S1269 SR SHANEA ANGELA MILLER SOUTH AFRICA MILLER SHANEA
16-S1270 SR CHACE ANN COLLETT SOUTH AFRICA COLLETT CHACE
16-S1369 SR ATHESSA POULENE VILLA SAGALES PHILIPPINES SAGALES ATHESSA POULENE
16-S1392 SR PARINDA RUNGROJKITTIKUL THAILAND RUNGROJKITTIKUL PARINDA
16-S1432 SR ANASTASIA BENKO RUSSIA BENKO ANASTASIA
16-S1477 SR CILENE SWANEPOEL SOUTH AFRICA SWANEPOEL CILENE
16-S1507 SR NUR QHALYSA JAINUDIN SHAZREENA MALAYSIA JAINUDIN SHAZREENA NUR QHALYSA
16-S1010 SR BERNICE REYES CANADA REYES BERNICE
16-S1070 SR SOPHIE HOLT NEW ZEALAND HOLT SOPHIE
16-S1071 SR HAYLEY FORDYCE NEW ZEALAND FORDYCE HAYLEY
16-S1074 SR KATERINA KOLCAVOVA CZECH REPUBLIC KOLCAVOVA KATERINA
16-S1077 SR BROOKE SANDYS NEW ZEALAND SANDYS BROOKE
16-S1088 SR PUNPAPA RUTHIRAWUT THAILAND RUTHIRAWUT PUNPAPA
16-S1110 SR DEJA WILLIAMS UNITED STATES WILLIAMS DE'JA
16-S1146 SR CHERIKA  (solo) UNITED STATES   CHERIKA
16-S1160 SR THANYATHORN THAICHAROEN THAILAND THAICHAROEN THANYATHORN
16-S1191 SR WHITNEY HABETS NETHERLANDS HABETS WHITNEY
16-S1192 SR NINA COMHAIRE BELGIUM COMHAIRE NINA
16-S1212 SR JOSH TOPFER AUSTRALIA TOPFER JOSH
16-S1217 SR DANE RHOADES AUSTRALIA RHOADES DANE
16-S1218 SR DANA WHITE AUSTRALIA WHITE DANA
16-S1228 SR MEGAN DEVENISH HONG KONG DEVENISH MEGAN
16-S1233 SR BRIX SCHAUMBURG GERMANY SCHAUMBURG BRIX
16-S1235 SR ALISAH NINA LUZ SALACOT BONAOBRA PHILIPPINES BONAOBRA ALISAH NINA LUZ
16-S1240 SR MICHELLE CLARISSE ESGUERRA ADRIANO PHILIPPINES ADRIANO MICHELLE CLARISSE
16-S1247 SR RON UMALI GOHEL PHILIPPINES GOHEL RON
16-S1286 SR TRISTAN GREGORY ROBERTSON SOUTH AFRICA ROBERTSON TRISTAN
16-S1315 SR STEPAN BELYAEV GERMANY BELYAEV STEPAN
16-S1318 SR DAPHNE PEZATI GREAT BRITAIN (UK) PEZATI DAPHNE
16-S1351 SR STAPHANIE JOY DE LA CRUZ MIJARES PHILIPPINES MIJARES STAPHANIE JOY
16-S1358 SR DAVID PRIEGO WALTER PHILIPPINES WALTER DAVID
16-S1397 SR JOHANNES PETRUS KOTZE NAMIBIA KOTZE JOHANNES
16-S1442 SR MEGAN LONERGAN SOUTH AFRICA LONERGAN MEGAN
16-S1451 SR KAITLYN SHAW UNITED STATES SHAW KAITLYN
16-S1452 SR ARIELLE ROSMARINO UNITED STATES ROSMARINO ARIELLE
16-S1454 SR OLAWALE SODIQ BELLO NIGERIA BELLO OLAWALE
16-S1476 SR ROCIO GRAHAM JAMAICA GRAHAM ROCIO
16-S1486 SR PAIGE KRODEL UNITED STATES KRODEL PAIGE

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  • Junior New System (Philippines)
    Junior New System (Philippines)

    From Adversity to Stardom: Junior New System from the Philippines Soar to New Heights!

     

    From adversity and hardship always comes the most artful of masterpieces. And no artist worth his salt ever starts out wealthy, their propaganda notwithstanding.

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    https://www.juniornewsystem.com/crew

    In such difficult circumstances did the Junior New System Dance Crew begin their fairy tale life. In the bowels of Sampaloc, a poor, crowded, squatter-infested district of Manila, a group of brothers watched their older siblings gyrate to the staccato beat of hip hop music, in English and Tagalog. As the older boys gravitated to other interests, younger ones, aged ten to sixteen, stepped into their shoes and improved on their dance movements, attracting other vagrants, orphans and sundry garbage-collectors to their nightly practice sessions. For lack of anything better to do, they became good at hip hop, calling themselves Junior New System, or JNS. As the trains rolled by, the JNS boys rehearsed beside railroad tracks, snatching their throw-away mattresses from the steel wheels just in time.

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    For six years from 2009 they toiled, becoming good enough to compete in local dance contests, riding rented jeepneys from town to town, winning a couple of thousand Pesos here and losing more competitions there than they care to remember. And so they struggled, quarreling occasionally with parents worried about their children, always returning to their hovels too crowded to really call home. But there was no single contest that would catapult them to fame, only a long, hard slog that kept them awake on the road till wee hours of the morning. Until a former dancer, Mar Visda, offered to manage their meanderings.

    In March of 2015, their Manager wangled an audition for JNS for the first Asia’s Got Talent show to be held in Singapore. Dedication to their craft got the producers interested enough to give them a place. When they first appeared on AGT, the four foreign judges were immediately wowed by their lyrical method, different than the tough, in-your-face, street-oriented hip hop norm. By their second performance a couple of weeks later, they had completely changed the audience’s impression of hip hop, warming their way into the judges’ hearts with a never-before-seen dance in stiletto heels to win a Golden Buzzer award, propelling them directly to the Finals. But there were so many Filipino finalists that the TV audience’s votes were divided, knocking JNS down to third place, along with two other Philippine talents.

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    A series of public invitations to cultural dance exhibitions followed, and for a few months JNS was busy, accepting a few invitations to appear in major network noontime shows, and a trip to Penang, Malaysia to cap that city’s 2016 New Year countdown. They were becoming an Asia-wide phenomenon, creating modest-sized fan bases in Malaysia, Indonesia and even Taiwan.

    As if this weren’t enough, the Philippine cultural establishment named JNS as the Best Dance Company in the country, culminating in two ALIW awards in a row for both 2015 and 2016. Hip hop had arrived, and it took a team of poor Sampaloc boys to bring it home.

    World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA)

    In 2016, JNS auditioned for the World Championships of the Performing Arts, hoping to win a place, this time on the World stage in Hollywood. Led by Mr. Gerry Mercado (WCOPA's National Licensed Director), JNS was selected to become part of the 2016 Philippines National Team delegation.  

    Team Phillipines 2016

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    They flew out in July 2016, and in their classic low-cost, crowded, yet disciplined way, JNS won their first WCOPA contest in Long Beach CA. After that followed three more dance category competitions, all of which they won as well.

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    Finally, on Saturday, July 16, 2016, WCOPA selected Junior New System as the Grand Champion Performer of the World on WCOPA’s 20th anniversary.

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    Having won many Philippine cultural awards and local trophies, JNS had finally become U.S. world champions as well! They will retrieve their prize in July 2017, spending a month in Hollywood to train under the Millennium Dance Company. Then they will hand over the crown to the next WCOPA 2017 champion.

    WCOPA Champs

    From the hovels of Sampaloc to the halls of Hollywood! Not since the invention of light to banish the darkness has such an incongruous sequence been created by discipline, persistence and sheer love for the Performing Arts.

    Click below to watch the 2016 JNS Wining Performance at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood!

    *** For more information on how to become part of this great experience go to: http://wcopa.com/contestants/how-to-be-a-contestant

    *** Email: info@wcopa.com

     

    Click below to follow the 2017 WCOPA Team Philippines on Facebook! 

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  • Alexander Pantoja (United States)
    Alexander Pantoja (United States)


    ALEXANDER PANTOJA, 2016 WCOPA Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World from the U.S., performs across the world.

    by Sam Campbell and Rico Aguirre

    At the age of 3, he started singing to all of his family and friends. He loved to perform and sing for them at every party. At the age of 8, Alexander did his first performance in front of a small crowd. Everyone loved it and people encouraged him to pursue his passion for singing.  At the age of 10, Alexander Performed in the 20th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California representing the United States National Team and earned 2016 Champion for best Vocalist of the World and the overall competition the 2016 Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World!

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    After the WCOPA experience in California, Alexander auditioned for an opportunity to perform in Osaka, Japan. He was selected for this Christmas production that ran from October, 2016 to January, 2017. In the sixty shows he performed as one of the Lead performers he demonstrated responsibility, team work, dedication and professionalism in front of thousands of people daily.

    The shows were a demonstration of his talents as a singer, actor and model. Alexander learned how to speak Japanese, which was a challenge. He not only conquered these challenges, but he also participated in the culture, learned how to use and calculate the Yen in comparison to USA currency, and experienced the various methods of mass transit. Alexander overcame all of these challenges and completed his contract. Alexander continues to be the same person he was when he left the USA, but this opportunity provided Alexander an undeniable wealth of personal growth socially, professionally in theater and on stage, and academically in relation to his worldly surroundings. His performance, participation and responsibilities toward this event will resonate throughout his future endeavors as a professional performer.

    Alexander Pantoja Final Show

     

    We spent time with Alexander who shared the following thoughts about his WCOPA Experience and success:

    1. How was your experience at World Championships of Performing Arts?

    My experience at World Championships of Performing Arts was amazing. It was my first time in a competition of this magnitude. I made so many friends from all over the world.



    2. Did you ever dream you would win Junior Grand Champion?

    Never dreamed I would win Junior Grand Champion of the World. All of the countries brought their very best Performers with so much talent.


    3. How did you prepare for the competition?

    I prepared for the competition working daily on vocal techniques and running the 60 edits numerous times. As well as vocal classes and took performance classes so that the vocal and performance were both excellent.

    4. What went through your mind when they called your name as the winner during Final Show?

    I just could not believe that my name was called as the overall winner during the final Show.  I was speechless but was excited at the same time.

     

    5. How did your family and friends react to your success when you went back home?

    Some of my Family received me at the Airport with lots of balloons and presents. The next day my family and friends were so happy on my Achievement that they surprised me with a Huge party.

    6. What advice do you have for future WCOPA performers?

    My advice for future WCOPA performers is to make sure that you are 100% prepared for the competition. Stay focused and have fun.

     

    7. Do you think WCOPA helped you as a performer? If so, how?

    WCOPA helped me as a performer because it taught me how important one needs to be technically perfect but that performing for the audience is equally as important.

     

    8. What have you been up to since World Championships ended?

    After the WCOPA experience in California, I auditioned for an opportunity to perform in Osaka, Japan. I was selected for a Fantastic Christmas Production that ran from October 2016 to January 2017. I performed in over 60 shows as the
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    9. What is your dream? What do you hope to be when you grow up?

    My dream is to become a professional Singer and Actor. I hope when I grow up, I can fill the stadiums with thousands of people that would love to hear me sing. To be able to be in many movies as an Actor.

     

    We look forward to Alexander's continued succes -  Our WCOPA family is proud of all your acomplishments!  

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    Watch Alexander's Winning Performance below!

     

    *** For more information on how to become part of this great experience go to: http://wcopa.com/contestants/how-to-be-a-contestant

    *** Email: info@wcopa.com 

     

     

     

  • Michael Dameski (Australia)
    Michael Dameski (Australia)


    MICHAEL DAMESKI, 2007 WCOPA junior world dance multi-medalist from Australia, continues to enjoy tremendous success.

    by Rico Aguirre

     

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    "...When he was 6 years old he entered in his first dance competition the Australian Dance Idol, making the top 10 without any formal training. After that he started training at Glenda Yee School of Dance where he stayed until the decision to move over to Brent Street Studios where he was given the opportunity to represent Australia in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles, and received gold in each category he entered and overall Junior World Dancer. After WCOPA in 2013 he won the prestigious Australian Dancer of the Year title at the Showcase Australian Dance Championships."

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    Since then He has won numerous awards, appeared in various TV series and films. He was the lead in "Billy Elliot the Musical" in Australia, on Broadway and the national tour. In February 2014, Michael appeared on the Australian version of "So You Think You Can Dance" and on 1 May 2014 won the competition, crowned Australia's Favorite Dancer for 2014.

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    Currently, Michael is travelling with the first national tour of Newsies as Scab and a Citizen of New York.

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    Paula Abdul attended a performance of Disney's Newsies at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Abdul manages Michael (to her right), winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Australia in 2014

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    He now resides in Los Angeles where he continues to perform and instruct further expanding his career and success .

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    WCOPA is proud of you Michael!


    For more information on how to become part of this great experience go to: http://wcopa.com/contestants/how-to-be-a-contestant


    Email: info@wcopa.com

    2014  Winning Performance in Australia's "So You Think You Can Dance"

     

     

    Credits:
    http://www.broadwayworld.com

    http://www.onstageblog.com

    Sources: 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dameski

    https://www.facebook.com/SYTYCDAU

    https://www.facebook.com/michael.dameski

     

     

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