WCOPA 2018: Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 15
Westin Long Beach Hotel and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center
WCOPA NATIONAL DIRECTOR - Dina Janse van Rensburg
Dina says "I don't think I can remember a time when I wasn't passionate about the performing arts!.
Growing up in South Africa, Dina was very fortunate to have had regular exposure to good quality performances in all areas of the performing arts especially dance, acting and singing.
Dina started her involvement in the world of modeling at the age of 17 and has been involved in modeling and pageants ever since. Dina is an accredited pageant judge and has judged numerous international pageants. Over the years she has been a judge at many performing arts competitions in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Dina’s association with WCOPA started when both her daughters successfully represented South Africa and New Zealand.
In 2007 Dina established Accolades International Marketing Ltd. New Zealand. (AIM) a Performing Arts Talent scouting business. The vision of AIM is to reach everyone who is passionate about the Performing Arts in New Zealand and to provide the opportunity for exposure and development in his/her performing career. Furthermore our aim is to create a platform for up and coming performers to showcase their talent on an International level. The first team of KIWI performers left the shores in 2007 to represent NZ at WCOPA. After the success of 2007 Dina was offered the license for Australia as well. In 2008 Accolades International Marketing Australia was born.
Since 2007 Dina has taken more than 100 talented performing artists who competed successfully at WCOPA. These talented New Zealanders have proven themselves on the world stage bringing home gold, silver, bronze medals, scholarships, industry awards and overall world champion awards. The WCOPA experience helped many of these performers to further their performing arts career. Many of the New Zealand Black Stars Team members returned to America to take up the scholarships awarded to them.
Over the years New Zealand produced fine talented performers like: Jessie Hillel and Andrew Papas. Jessie progressed to the WCOPA showcase in 2010 and came second in the 2012 New Zealand’s Got Talent competition. Jessie recently recorded her first CD at the Roundhead Studios which is and Auckland-based sound recording studio owned by the renowned singer and songwriter Neil Finn. Andrew, finalist in the 2012 showcase returned to New Zealand where he was selected as a member of the now famous boy band Titanium. The list of success stories goes on and on….
In 2011 Dina proudly accepts the coveted Outstanding National Director’s award at the 15th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, California.
The Aim to Fame Talent search has grown in stature. Year on year more contestants are involved competing for a spot in the NZ team. These auditions are becoming a recognized vehicle to international exposure.
Dina is very excited by the immense talent pool of New Zealand and are looking forward to many more New Zealand success stories.
Team New Zealand 2017: