Dancing all weekend
DECORATED faces, character costumes and doting parents. They were everywhere at Leongatha’s Mesley Hall from Friday through Sunday, for the fourth annual Great Southern Star Eisteddfod.
Committee president Tanya Bolam reported 730 entries from as far as Seaford, Maffra and Warragul for the showcase of dancing talent.
“To fit so many performances into three days was just amazing. The performers were just beautiful,” she said.
“A lot of people said it was the best eisteddfod they went to and it was so encouraging. It was just exciting for the kids.”
Dancers performed in a diversity of genres, such as: classical, tap, jazz, neo classical, national character and troupe.
Results for the championship sections:
- senior classical championship: first, Ally Brand; second, Morgan Bolam; and third, Emily Jeffrey.
- junior classical championship: first, Jessica Roberts; second, Heidi Freeman; third, Claudia Bolam; and honourable mentions to Katie Roberts and Nichola Schapemdonk.
- senior jazz championship: first, Emily Jeffrey; second, Mariah Lawrence; and third, Ally Brand.
- junior jazz championship: first, Claudia Bolam; second, Heidi Freeman; third, Shanae Holland; and honourable mention, Jessica Roberts.
- senior tap championship: first, Emily Jeffrey; second, Taima Dixon; and third, Hayley Norton.
- junior tap championship: first, Heidi Freeman; second, Jemma Douglas; third, Claudia Bolam; and honourable mention Chloe Adkins.
- Encouragement awards: six and under, Brodie Tallon; seven and under nine, Olivia Sprague; nine and under 11, Grace Gellie; 11 and under 13, Belle Cocksedge; 13 and under 15, Hayley Norton; 15 and over Rebekah Symons.Most potential: six and under, Maddison Logue; seven and under nine, Ebony Peel; nine and under 11, Katie Roberts; 11 and under 13 Claudia Bolam; 13 and under 15, Taima Dixon; and 15 and over, Taylah Jackson.Summer school scholarships:
- National Theatre Ballet School Junior – Katie Roberts;
- National Theatre Ballet School intermediate – Claudia Bolam;
- National Theatre Ballet School Senior – Ally Brand;
- Australian Ballet School – Sophie Beaty;
- Dance World studios junior – Ebony Peel
- Dance World studios senior – Emily Jeffrey;
- Ministry of Dance – Heidi Freeman; and
- McDonald College – Jessica Roberts.
Rising Star Award: Jessica Roberts.
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