MusiKfest Kew, The Battle

Think you have what it takes to win MusiKfest Kew, The Battle?

MusiKfest Kew, The Battle is a staged competition over 3 x categories – dance, music & singing and lip sync band. Yes, you read correctly, lip sync band! This means that, although you may not be able to sing, play an instrument or dance, you can still share in your love of music with the rest of Kew & Boroondara!

Prizes are $1000 cash for each category and the competition is open to kids and adults who are a part of a registered charity, community group or school (Primary, High and teaching schools like dance, music etc) located within Boroondara.

Not sure if you qualify? Head to Ts and Cs at bottom of the page for all info, alternately, contact Alli at with your query.

What you need to know to enter:

Important dates:

  • Entries due by 11.59pm, Friday, February 7
  • Entries judged Friday, February 14, with 5 x finalists named for each category
  • MusiKfest Kew, The Battle held on Sunday, March 15 from 1pm – 5pm at Fenton Ave carpark, Kew

You must send your entry in with details as outlined below in Ts and Cs – head to bottom of this page

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Music & Singing Category

Can be vocal or instrumental soloist, band, glee club, choir and more!

Will be judged on vocal quality and range (if singing), performance skills, group energy, musical talent, writing skills (if original music), stage presence, group dynamics, song choice, confidence, connection with the audience and audience response. Be sure to submit your entry with details required in T’s and Cs at bottom of the page.

Dance Category

Can be any style of dance, group or solo. Must be own choreography.

Will be judged on creativity, confident & entertaining execution, body awareness, authenticity, technical strength and proficiency, musicality, spatial awareness, story-telling through transitions, artistry & expression, focus commitment, working together (if a group), use of time & space, intention, energy, structure, originality and audience response. If a group entry, the number of dancers is limited to 10 max. Space for staging area is 7.5m long x 6m deep. Be sure to submit your entry with details required in T’s and Cs at bottom of the page.

Lip Sync Band

Must be a band of 3 (one singer and 2 x musicians), MusiKfest will supply the drums and all other instruments must come with band. Band must be dressed in costumes in accordance with song.

Will be judged on performance skills, group energy, synchronicity to the music and lyrics, correct style; including performance and costume/ props, correct lyrics, group dynamics, stage presence of all members, connection with the audience and audience response. Be sure to submit your entry with details required in T’s and Cs at bottom of the page.

Judges: Music Category

Elva Irawan

Elva Irawan

(MMus, BMus,DipABRSM,LMusA)

Learn Music

Elva is a versatile classical pianist who is able to fit in compositions and improvisations under her shoe. She graduated with a Master degree from University of Melbourne and regularly performs in a local band as a keyboardist, conducts choirs and is a music arranger for social musical events.

Elva owns Learn Music, a music shop in Kew and has 20 years of teaching experience. Through her store she offers music lessons (piano, guitar/ukulele/bass, drum, violin, vocal) both practical and theory for all ages ranging from 4 years old to adult. With the diversity of students they have, Learn Music has become a great place with a fun, yet serious, atmosphere for every member of the family. The store also sells a huge range of music books including exam books, pop musical and lesson books.

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Chris Helmond

Chris Helmond

Unbroken Expanse

Chris has been involved in songwriting, bands, touring and music education for 17 years. Starting with bass guitar, at the age of 13, he picked up the foundations of the craft and fell in love with all things music immediately. From there, he took up singing for the school band and his first original band; Bodywrench. Chris then added guitar to his repertoire, so that he could write his own songs, before also learning drums and keys and then finally, recording an EP through the Tennant Creek High School music program. Through a TAFE certificate in Music Industry, he also acquired the skills to set up and operate sound, lights and infrastructure to put on shows for the community

Within a couple of years he joined Unbroken Expanse as singer, songwriter and guitarist; the band he remains in to this day. They have released singles, EP’s and albums over the last 10 years, sharing the stage with big names like The Living End, British India, Paul Kelly, Violent Soho, Frenzal Rhomb, Birds of Tokyo, Jessica Mauboy, Gabriella Cilmi, Sneaky Sound System and Justice Crew.

Moving from The NT to Melbourne in 2018 Unbroken Expanse have played local venues such as; The Corner Hotel, The Tote, The Worker’s Club, Ferntree Gully Hotel, Bar Open and The Gasometer. There is certainly no signs of slowing down either with their brand New Single “Go” to be released on 22 November!

You can check all the excitement out on Youtube, Spotify and Facebook for upcoming shows and news!

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Chris Helmond

Alice Batt

AB Vocal Coach

Alice is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre), where she was the grateful recipient of the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship. She has since established herself as both a performer and coach to young performers within the musical theatre industry. Her most recent performing credits include the title roles in both ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Snow White’, Anna in ‘Spring Awakening’, ‘You Will Be Found’ and ‘Ned: A New Australian Musical In Concert’, alongside numerous radio and television campaigns.

As a performance and vocal coach, Alice has been fortunate to work with students through their own array of professional credits, including the title role of Billy in ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Opera Australia’, ABC’s ‘The Floor Is Yours’, and multiple national competition wins including the Royal South Street Contemporary Voice Competition and Fast Track Talent.

Alice also holds her Associate Diploma of Music (AMusA), and Estill Voice Training Level 1 & 2. In 2019 Alice founded the Performing Artists Company, a musical theatre platform for elite young performers, where she directed their sold-out production of Legally Blonde JR at the Victorian College Of The Arts.

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Judges: Dance Category

Alice Hobden, Kew School of Dance

Alice Hobden

Kew School of Dance

Alice began dancing at the age of 5 in her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was her involvement with Southern Ballet Dance Theatre’s junior company that inspired Alice to make dance her career. Alice graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1998 and completed her teacher training at Box Hill institute receiving both the 1st and 2nd year awards for Outstanding Achievement. Alice has been the Principal and owner of Kew School of Dance since 2009 with over ten years experience in teaching dance to children of all ages.

Kew School of Dance offers a warm and inclusive atmosphere where teachers foster the well being and self growth of every dancer. The school is a creative hub where students can discover the mysterious essence of dance, that is unique to each individual. It’s a place where everyone dances to become more themselves.

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Renee Grinsted, En Pointe School of Ballet

Renee Grinsted

En Pointe School of Ballet

Renee Grinsted is the owner and director of the En Pointe School of Ballet (Vermont & Kew). She trained at the Australian Ballet School where she undertook full-time dance training. She then continued into tertiary education completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with a major in dance at Deakin University, and then a post graduate degree through Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in ‘Classical Ballet Teaching’.

Renee has taken her students all over the world to participate in competitions and events, recently returning from Hong Kong where two of her students were finalists in the Asian Grand Prix. She also attended New York City alongside her Cert IV 1/2 day students who were accepted into the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensives.

Renee’s students have been accepted into the Australian Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts, the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, Queensland Ballet Senior training program, finalists in international competitions, and performed roles in various productions with the Australian Ballet Company.

The En Pointe School of Ballet has developed a reputation over the last ten years as one of Melbourne’s leading ballet schools.

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Chris Helmond

RJ & Ali

Dance 4 Life Studios

RJ & Ali, have a combined 35 years experience in dancing, and a combined 24 years experience in a large number of social dance styles. At the heart of their dance philosophy, is the joy, fun and benefits that dancing can bring to our lives. Both have learned from their own personal experience the benefits that social and partner dancing can bring to your life.

Both have had a passion for partner dance styles since 2006, with experience and training in Salsa, Bachata, Tango and other partnered styles. In addition, they’ve trained extensively in both Standard and Latin ballroom styles such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha and Jive. In 2009, they chose to expand their focus, and delve into the Brazilian social dance styles of Samba de Gafieira and Zouk-Lambada. Drawing from their experience in both ballroom and the traditional styles of partnered Latin dance, they developed and specialized in these Brazilian dances. In 2014 and 2017, they travelled to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to seek extensive training and knowledge from the originators and masters of these dances.

Ali has been teaching partner dance styles since 2007, and RJ since 2010. Together, they have spread their love of dance all over Australia through workshops and performances at various schools and Latin dance events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide. Constantly, they strive to increase their knowledge in their core dance styles, whilst also seeking out and developing new social partner dances including Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Forro, Bolero and Australian New Vogue.

At the heart of it though, their absolute joy is teaching and passing on not only the knowledge of dance, but the joy, love and fun that dancing can bring to life.

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Judges: Lip Sync Band

Wendy Samantha, Wendy Samantha Productions

Wendy Samantha

Wendy Samantha Productions

Wendy has been performing since the age of 3, taking to the stage in competitions, concerts and musical productions. A young award winning pianist, she started training students when she was 13 where she discovered a passion for teaching. She holds a bachelor of teaching/arts and a diploma of creative writing.

Since completing her studies, Wendy has worked as a leading classroom teacher at a local primary school where she wrote and directed many productions, she assisted in many community events and local festivals, and runs and directs her own performing arts school Wendy Samantha Productions located in Balwyn. Wendy Samantha Productions holds classes in acting, speech, singing and dance training. They audition performers from all over Victoria to take part in their yearly musical productions, having just recently completed a season of Catch Me If You Can in July 2019 and putting on The Jungle Book Kids in November.

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Jessica Shaw, True Fairies

Jessica Shaw

True Fairies

Jessica is the founder of True Fairies, and entertainment agency in Melbourne. Through the business she fulfills many roles including agency director, talent recruitment, entertainer, vocalist, actress, producer/director, playwright, event coordinator and costume & set designer.  She also runs the True Fairies Academy which offers theatre and vocal training. In her spare time she is also a vocalist in a cover band/ wedding duo, Jukebox Highway.

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Chris Helmond

Stephanie Crothers

Princess Parties Melbourne

Stephanie is trained in singing, dance and acting, having graduated from a musical theatre degree in 2014. She has been working primarily in children’s entertainment since 2013, including shows for large events, running touring shows and programs across Victoria, touring her educational programs interstate and hosting kids parties and events. In 2017 she started her own children’s party business ‘Princess Parties Melbourne’, hosting events as popular children’s characters. She has also done work in voiceover and had her cabaret featured at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2014. Stephanie has also been teaching dance drama and singing for the past 7 years.

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Terms and Conditions

All entries must consist of an audition video of a 2 minute section of the act you will be presenting at The Battle, if you make it to Final 5. It is recommended you are also in costume in this video, if it applies. This will be sent via a file sharing service to along with:

  • your act name,
  • the song name,
  • the names and ages of all performers in your act,
  • the category you are entering,
  • whether you are from a school, charity or community group located within Boroondara (and which one),
  • if you win, will the cash prize go to you, your group or the school or organisation you are associated with,
  • contact name, number and email.

Your act, and the people in the act, cannot change between entry and finals. If your act or members of your group need to change, due to emergency, please contact Alli at

When judging, each judge will be awarding points out of 10 for each act. Should any judge know an act, they will be relieved from judging and the remaining two judges will be awarding points out of 15.

Prizes are $1000 cash for each category and the competition is open to kids and adults who are a part of a registered charity, community group or school (Primary, High and teaching schools like dance, music etc) located within Boroondara. Please note: More than one child/ren or adult can enter from a school, charity or community group.  It isn’t one entry per organisation – there can be as many as you’d like – the only proviso is that entries have to belong to one of these entities.

Entries can be an individual or a group representing themselves (and therefore competing for the cash themselves – but they still must be associated with one of the above organisations mentioned) or can be an individual or group representing the above mentioned organisations and, therefore, competing for the cash for the organisation.

There can be multiple entries from a school, charity or community group.  It isn’t one entry per organisation.

Still have questions or unsure if you qualify? Contact Alli on

** Please note, MusiKfest Kew is not held in association with KewFest

By |November 5th, 2019|