NAISDA Awards

2019 Chairperson’s Excellence Award recipient, Maddison Paluch. Photo by Jamie James

While NAISDA follows the Competency Based Training and Assessment system, Developing Artists may also be awarded a NAISDA Distinction or High Distinction for their studies.

The awards are given out annually and form part of the NAISDA Graduation Ceremony celebrating Developing Artists’ commitment and excellence in study.

Developing Artists are assessed to have achieved all of the following criteria for each award:

High Distinction

  • 95% attendance overall
  • Receive a high distinction in assessment of the unit
  • Excellent general attitude
  • Excellent dance and academic performance
  • Contribution to NAISDA culture

Distinction

  • 90% attendance overall
  • Receive a distinction in assessment of the unit
  • Excellent general attitude
  • Excellent dance and academic performance
  • Contribution to NAISDA culture

Chairman’s Excellence Award

The Chairperson’s Excellence Award is generously sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and is presented each year to a graduating Diploma Developing Artist in recognition of their exemplary positive contribution to college life and highly distinguished artistic and academic performance record.  A trophy and monetary gift are presented at the annual Graduation Ceremony and the Developing Artist’s name included on the NAISDA Chairman’s perpetual trophy.

2019 – Maddison Paluch
2018 – Neville Williams-Boney
2017 – Jye Uren
2016 – Kassidy Waters
2015 – Nadia Martich
2014 – Rika Hamaguchi
2013 – Shae Duncan
2012 – Thomas E.S Kelly
2011 – Amy Minchin
2010 – Travis De Vries