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Sunshine Coast, Qld

April 14, 15, 16, 2023

Key Dates

Entries Open: Friday, February 17

Entries Close: Sunday, March 5

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Flinders Performance Centre,

Located at the entrance to the college, The Flinders Performance Centre presents a world-class, multipurpose performance facility. The fully air conditioned main auditorium can accommodate up to 600 guests in tiered theatre seating. Boasting state-of-the-art sound and lighting this venue provides a first rate experience to all performers who take to the stage.  The venue also boasts ample rooms for dressing rooms, an onsite café and unique foyer areas.


The Alta is the only fully engineered, designed and manufactured rig available in Australia. It comes tested, tagged and CERTIFIED. This certification allows Bend the Air to set up the rig seemlessly, in any venue. The Alta also has the highest safety ratings of any free standing rig in Australia. It provides participants with a safe and standardised set up across all competitions, allowing them to do what they do best – excel at aerial arts.

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The overall height of the Alta Rig is 7m. Once you have taken into account the rigging hardware plus mat below the actual available space is 6.37m in total of vertical working space from the mat to the top connection point. Please take note of this when designing routines and performance pieces.

Rigging will be from a single point from the centre of the rig. Limited swinging and elliptical movement is possible, but it is limited due to the pole placement of the rig. The footprint of the rig is 6m x 6m. No height changes will be permitted during the routine. Rigging for all of Bend The Air competitions is overseen by a qualified rigger. For the safety of all competitors the qualified rigger provided by Bend The Air maintains ultimate authority over rigging and under no circumstances are competitors to personally adjust their rigging.




The full stage area at the Flinders Performance Centre is approximately 12m Wide x 11m Deep. The stage features winged areas on both sides of the stage, as well as the availability to travel behind the stage to reach the other side. Stage lighting will be provided by Bend The Air in conjunction with the venue technical team. Lighting presets will be chosen by technical staff based on their professional opinion.  

ACRO & CIRCUS sections will have the full use of the stage area - with no mats. 

AERIAL sections will use the 6x6m floor which is 30mm thick mat flooring with carpeted top.  This is situated within the footprint of the Alta Rig. Due to the matted floor, no shoes with heels are permitted in routines. You are permitted to also use the hard stage area outside of this 6x6m area. 

As an additional safety component at Bend The Air competitions, we have teamed up with Absolutely Anything Gymnastics (AAG) to provide custom safety mats designed specifically for our competitions. 

ROUND SAFETY MAT: Custom 2546mm circular landing area consists of a staged combination of open and closed celled foams and a high quality constructed pvc vinyl cover formation with venting for quick air release.

PLEASE NOTE: in 2023 ALL Aerial competitors, are required to use the provided safety mat for their routine.

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Prudence Caldwell

Prudence grew up in Newcastle Australia where she trained as a Ballerina under the guidance of Marie Walton-Mahon. After being the outright winner of the Sydney Senior Ballet scholarship, receiving her Solo Seal Award from The Royal Academy of Dance and a silver medal at the Gene International Ballet competition, Prudence moved to Melbourne to attend the Australian Ballet School.


Graduating with an Advance Diploma in Dance, Prudence's Career has taken her around the world with companies including, The Australian Ballet, The Queensland Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Royal Ballet and many leading European ballet companies, performing numerous soloist roles and contemporary pieces with world renowned Choreographers.


During her time overseas Prudence was scouted by the world renowned Cirque Du Soleil company where she went on to train and work in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil and the Sandou Trio in aerial and contortion arts. Prudence and stage partner, Aaron Adkins were invited to create their own show ("Two Worlds") which they travelled the world performing aerial silks, Lyra and Adagio.


Prudence returned to Australia in 2017 where she is now teaching regular classes in Flexibility, Core Strength, Technique and Artistry, along with the ever so popular aerial silks and Lyra classes at her private coaching clinic in Wickham NSW. She also regularly guest teachers and adjudicates prestigious competitions, such as The Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Ballet scholarship 2017, Sydney Eisteddfod Group and Solo Events 2018 - 2022, The Brisbane Eisteddfod Ballet scholarship 2017, Joan and Monica Halliday Awards 2018, McDonald's Collage- Ann McDonald Ballet scholarship 2019, Emerald Eisteddfod 2019 and many more in the near future.


Prudence is also the founding director of the Summer Masterclass series held each January in Newcastle


"My Passion is to inspire Dancers of the Future" - Prudence Caldwell

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