A call out of the blue has resulted in Nicole Parry being chosen to compete in the World Championships of Performing Arts in the United States.
Miss Parry, of Gore, was notified on Sunday she had been accepted for the championships.
“I’m really excited. I’m really nervous as well,” she said.
teacher and dancer in her own right, had posted videos of her dancing routines on social media for family and friends.
Then she received a message from a “scout” who had viewed the dance routines, looking for entrants to make up the New Zealand team to compete at the world championships.
Miss Parry was invited to audition for the world event, to be held in Long Beach, California, she said.
“It was really random,” she said.
She sent an eight-minute video featuring performances of several different dance styles and was then accepted into the team to compete in the world championships in July next year.
“It was just so strange how it happened,” she said.
Previously, Miss Parry had known about the competition and wondered how to enter.
Last year New Zealand sent a 20-member team, she said.
The competition consisted of six different categories and myriad sub-categories, including singing, dancing, acting, modelling, instrumental and variety acts.
“I’ve got a lot of time to prepare,” she said.
As well as entering the dance sections, there was an opportunity to enter the original music category, as she was also a songwriter, and maybe the acting and singing sections, she said.
Each team member would have to pay their own expenses.
She would be practising her routines in the lead-up in an effort to perform polished pieces at the championships.
“You get a short time to show off the skills you have.”
There were normally between 50 to 60 countries in the competition, she said.
“It will be awesome.”
Next year’s competition will be the 22nd event and is for aspiring performing artists.
WCOPA chief executive Griff O’Neill said in a press release sports had its Olympics and now performing arts had its world championships.
“This is the only official international competition programme for seasoned and up-and-coming performers and entertainers annually held in or around Hollywood, entertainment capital of the world,” Mr O’Neill said.
“Countries are represented by delegations similar to the Olympics.”