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The Big Apple Talent Quest

Registrations for The Big Apple Talent Quest are now open!

City of Ryde is excited to announce The Big Apple Talent Quest!

For the first time in 35 years, City of Ryde will be running an online Talent Quest to celebrate the Granny Smith Festival.

Here is your chance to show off your talents and can have the opportunity to win prizes in three categories. 

Singing - Dance - Open Talent

If you can dance, sing, do a magic trick, juggle or tell a joke this is your chance to win!

The competition is open to NSW Based residents, we are encouraging both soloist and groups to apply.

In each of the three categories participants can enter in either 14 years and under or 15 years +

Performers will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Stage Presence/performance
  • Technical Ability
  • Originality

Submissions close on Sunday 18 October 2020. Winners will be announced online at 7 pm on Thursday 29 October 2020 via the Granny Smith Festival Facebook page


Winners will be awarded the following prizes for each category and age group.

  • 1st Prize: $250
  • Runners up: $100

A total prize pool of over $2000 is on offer!

How to Enter

  • Practice your act and make sure it is no longer than 5 minutes (limited to one act).
  • Film your live performance using a tripod.
  • Save your video in mp4 format (videos that have edits and/or special effects will NOT be accepted).
  • Make sure you have consent from all parties involved before uploading. All applicants must be over the age of 16 to complete the form. If you are under the age of 16 a guardian/teacher must complete the form on your behalf.
  • Submit your video on the City of Ryde Website by 11.59 pm Sunday 18 October 2020.
  • Await the results from the judges live on Granny Smith’s Festival Facebook page at 7 pm, Thursday 29th October 2020.

Please note that individuals are only allowed one submission per category (can be on behalf of a school) and schools/organisations can submit up to three group performances per category.


Judging Panel



Roseanna Gallo OAM is a Professional singer, songwriter and musician. Roseanna contributes a significant amount of her time to the local community in roles such as the Music Director and Chairperson of the Rotary Carols on the Common event, Choir teacher for the Royal rehab lifestyle choir and holds committee positions on the Granny Smith Festival , the Ryde Eisteddfod, Lady of Grace Fraternity in Marsfield and is a Board of Director for the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park.

Roseanna has been honored with many awards acknowledging her contribution to the local community such as Ryde Citizen of the Year in 2006, Paul Harris Award in Rotary in 2009, Local Business Women of the Year in 2013, Order of Australia Medal also in 2013 and last year was awarded with the highest standing Rotary Paul Harris sapphire award.

Roseanna runs her own business RG Music and organises “Singing Star” talent quests within the Community, enabling those singers to have a go, and develop their confidence. She is also an authorized funeral and wedding celebrant.

Roseanna has albums and other singles on itunes such as  “On the right track”, “All of thee Above”, “Another Dimension” and her new single “Perfect timing” to be released by the end of the year.



Julie-Anne Long is an award-winning dance artist based in Sydney. She works in a variety of dance contexts as dancer, choreographer, director, producer, mentor, dramaturg, curator and teacher. Julie-Anne has a significant solo practice, as well as a more communal, collaborative way of working with other like-minded artists, within the diversity of Australian contemporary performance.

She holds a PhD from the UNSW titled ‘Walking in Sydney Looking for Dancing: an auto-ethnographic mapping of the place of independent dance’ (2010) and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University.



Lenny started his street style and choreography dance journey back in 2002, training not only in Sydney however all over the world in places such as London, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and in the USA. 

He later took this experience and became a dance teacher and dance school founder of  Dance Generation Studios in Eastwood in 2009. Dance Generation Studios is now run by DanceKool which is also a long time supporter of the City of Ryde. 

Having trained many dancers who are now active in the Sydney dance community, Lenny continues to support the dance scene with the creation and attendance of competitions, showcases, and performances opportunities. 

Lenny now has turned to being a choreographer and director for artists and communities and is regularly travelling to put on shows, most recently for Jessica Mauboy on the TV show The Secret Daughter 2. 

A long time supporter of many City of Ryde events Lenny is very excited to be selected as a judge for the GSF 2020 The Big Apple Talent Quest.

Terms and Conditions

View the Competitions Terms and Conditions(PDF, 114KB)


Last updated on 8 September 2020