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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.

Elegant set: Matilda Thorpe of Foster (in costume) with, from left, Maddy Krausz of Mirboo North, Ebony Zuidema of Leongatha South, Matilda Chalmers of Boolarra, Claudia Leys of Inverloch and Ruby Adkins of Leongatha.  All are students of Lisa Pellin Dancers, Leongatha.

Elegant set: Matilda Thorpe of Foster (in costume) with, from left, Maddy Krausz of Mirboo North, Ebony Zuidema of Leongatha South, Matilda Chalmers of Boolarra, Claudia Leys of Inverloch and Ruby Adkins of Leongatha. All are students of Lisa Pellin Dancers, Leongatha.

Worthy win: Blayke Sheean (left) of Wonthaggi shows off her trophy to Sally Macdonald of Cape Woolamai. Blayke won non classical, nine and under 11. Both girls attend Bass Coast Ballet School.

Worthy win: Blayke Sheean (left) of Wonthaggi shows off her trophy to Sally Macdonald of Cape Woolamai. Blayke won non classical, nine and under 11. Both girls attend Bass Coast Ballet School.

Ready to perform: Mackinley O’Sullivan of Foster represented Susan Green School of Dance in the 11 and under 13 novice classical category.

Ready to perform: Mackinley O’Sullivan of Foster represented Susan Green School of Dance in the 11 and under 13 novice classical category.

Telling story: Cassandra Scimonello of Wonthaggi performed The Hatstand, donning different hats to transform into matching characters. She attends Bass Coast Ballet School and competed in the demi character category, nine to under 11.

Telling story: Cassandra Scimonello of Wonthaggi performed The Hatstand, donning different hats to transform into matching characters. She attends Bass Coast Ballet School and competed in the demi character category, nine to under 11.

Centre stage: Alexandra Lee competes in the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Centre stage: Alexandra Lee competes in the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Looking smart: Cassie Webster shows her style in the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Looking smart: Cassie Webster shows her style in the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Consistent style: Shanae Holland impresses during the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Consistent style: Shanae Holland impresses during the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Flying flag: Matthew Precht danced smoothly in the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Flying flag: Matthew Precht danced smoothly in the classical 11 to under 13 event.

Major event: Alyssia Stephens of Maffra won her first trophy, taking out the tap solo, nine to under 11 class. She attends Leaps and Bounds dance school, Sale.

Major event: Alyssia Stephens of Maffra won her first trophy, taking out the tap solo, nine to under 11 class. She attends Leaps and Bounds dance school, Sale.

Toe point: Maddie Slaney show’s her skills.

Toe point: Maddie Slaney show’s her skills.

Great mates: Taya Cameron and Claudia Bolam in costume at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod on Friday.

Great mates: Taya Cameron and Claudia Bolam in costume at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod on Friday.

Standout dancers: Inverloch’s Lucy Hogan and Foster’s Mariah Lawrence at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod.

Standout dancers: Inverloch’s Lucy Hogan and Foster’s Mariah Lawrence at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod.

All smiles: Cleo Hogan (Inverloch), Bella Thorpe (Foster) and Morgan Mitchelson (Leongatha) were having a great time on Friday.

All smiles: Cleo Hogan (Inverloch), Bella Thorpe (Foster) and Morgan Mitchelson (Leongatha) were having a great time on Friday.

Skilful: Belle Cocksedge and Yasmin Duursma show off at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod.

Skilful: Belle Cocksedge and Yasmin Duursma show off at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod.

Helping hand: former performers Jasmine Susic and Bree McRae were at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod on Friday, lending a hand as runners.

Helping hand: former performers Jasmine Susic and Bree McRae were at the Star’s Leongatha Eisteddfod on Friday, lending a hand as runners.

Similar name, same game: performing duo Maya Williams and Taya Cameron, both from Leongatha, were part of the Lisa Pellin Dance Studio’s large contingent of dancers.

Similar name, same game: performing duo Maya Williams and Taya Cameron, both from Leongatha, were part of the Lisa Pellin Dance Studio’s large contingent of dancers.

Loving it: Yanakie’s Belle Cocksedge and Foster’s Yasmine Duursma are united in their love of dance.

Loving it: Yanakie’s Belle Cocksedge and Foster’s Yasmine Duursma are united in their love of dance.

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