Stage Challenge was one of the highlight events in the secondary school calendar.

But in the absence of the annual dance and drama competition, Art In Motion (A.I.M) is a new competition created for students wanting an outlet.

A.I.M is the brainchild of 19-year-old friends Jayden Rudolph and Teale Vint who saw a need to provide a platform for students to express their creativity on the stage.

Rudolph says it’s growing across the country to try and cater to the art students who can no longer enjoy the benefits of the legendary Stage Challenge and welcomes all to apply.

“We have different regions competing, right now we have 18 schools but registration is still open and we would love to have more and more schools involved.”

According to A.I.M semi-finalists, performing arts is essential to providing a creative outlet for youth.

The semi-finals will be held in Northland (June 20), and in Auckland (hosting three competition days, June 25-30).