THE Great Southern Star Eisteddfod was a smashing success last weekend with dancers flocking to Leongatha to take the stage.
The sixth annual eisteddfod was held at Mesley Hall from Friday, August 7 to Sunday August 9.
After entries filled the program within two weeks of applications, the eisteddfod committee prepared for a massive weekend.
President Nella Mitchelson said the event ran smoothly.
“It was a very successful weekend. Everything went according to plan and we ran on time which was a relief,” she said.
Dancers from across the state descended on Leongatha to partake in the competition, with prizes and scholarships awarded to top performers.
Local dancers from South Gippsland performed flawlessly with many receiving high scores and awards.
Students also travelled from further east of the state to perform and dancers also hailed from Melbourne and beyond.
Champion awards were given out in both junior and senior tap, jazz and classical ballet categories, while the event also held divisions in solo and troupe routines in various other styles including contemporary, song and dance, neo classical and hip hop.
While the competition is growing, the committee is hard at work to ensure coming eisteddfods are just as successful.
Mrs Mitchelson said there was no time to rest with plans already underway for the 2016 competition.
“We already have Mesley Hall booked again and we are already on the lookout for next year’s adjudicator,” she said.
“It is a big event to organise. I did not realise how time consuming it is, so we are already preparing for a year’s time.”
Mrs Mitchelson took over the role of president from Tanya Bolam. With a successful event under her belt, Mrs Mitchelson said it was thanks to the committee members who volunteered their time that the weekend went off without a hitch.
“The eisteddfod would not have been possible without the help of the committee, our volunteers and our sponsors. The community has been so supportive and I look forward to next year’s eisteddfod,” she said.
Encouragement awards: 6 and under, Scarlett Betsy; 7 and under 9, Brodie Tallon; 9 and under 11, Sharni Rangitonga; 11 and under 13, Lauren Dodge; 13 and under 15, May Wiltshire; 15 and over, Morgan Bolam.
Most potential awards: 6 and under, Haydn Sheean; 7 and under 9, Bella Cruise; 9 and under 11, Olivia Sprague; 11 and under 13, Blayke Sheean; 13 and under 15, Matthew Precht; 15 and over, Cobie Kinnish.
Summer School Scholarships: Dance Factory, Jessica Roberts; Dance World Junior, Bella Cruse; Dance World Senior, Mariah Lawrence; National Ballet Junior, Ebony Peel; National Ballet Intermediate, Jackson Patterson; National Ballet Senior, Matilda Thorpe; Jason Coleman Ministry of Dance, Alexandra Dodge; Australian Ballet School, Sophia Harvey.
Other awards: Rising Star Award, Missy Krilic; Summer School, McDonald College Sydney; Best Troupe award, Susan Green.
Junior jazz champions: from left, second place winner Lauren Dodge, first place winner Katie Roberts, third place winner Bella Cruse, adjudicator Kellie Fishwick-Roscoe and honourable mentions went to Morgan Mitchelson, and Indianna Herne.
Senior jazz champions: from left, second place winner Jessica Roberts, third place winner Heidi Freeman, adjudicator Kellie Fishwick-Roscoe, first place winner Alexandra Dodge and honourable mention recipient Maddison Spiero.
Senior classical ballet champions: from left, second place winner Jessica Roberts, third place winner Morgan Bolam, first place winner Heidi Freeman, adjudicator Kellie Fishwick-Roscoe and honourable mentions went to Cobie Kinnish and Matilda Thorpe.
Junior tap champions: from left, first place winner Katie Roberts, second place winner Lauren Dodge, adjudicator Kellie Fishwick-Roscoe, Alex and Scott sponsor Kim Rosser, honourable mention recipient Jordan Spiero and third place winner Ebony Peel.
Senior tap champions: from left, second place winner Alexandra Dodge, first place winner Heidi Freeman, adjudicator Kellie Fishwick-Roscoe, third place winner Lauren Mitchelson and honourable mention recipient Maddison Spiero.
Junior classical ballet champions: from left, first place winner and recipient of the Rising Star Award Missy Krillic, third place winner Katie Roberts, honourable mention recipient Abbey Van Rossum, adjudicator Kellie Fishwick-Roscoe, second place winner Blayke Sheean and honourable mention recipient Morgan Mitchelson.
Community support: Margaret Lynn from major sponsors Mirboo North and district Bendigo Community Bank, eisteddfod president Nella Mitchelson, predecessor Tanya Bolam and adjudicator Kellie Fishwick-Roscoe at The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod last weekend.
Pretty in pink: back from left, Lisa Pellin Dancers Claudia Leys, Chloe Fox, Siobhan Cooper, Emily Bowcher and Maya Williams and front from left, Taya Cameron, Indily Francis and Chloe Giliam were ready to dance at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod on Saturday.
Stretch and flex: Wonthaggi’s Haydn and Blayke Sheean were representing the Bass Coast Ballet School at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod on Saturday.
Smooth flow: Lisa Pellin Dancers, from left, Chloe Hogan, Morgan Bolam, Jonti Westaway and Morgan Mitchelson in their costumes and ready to take the stage at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod on Saturday.
Red hot: Laura Richmond, left and Lily Fox from Lisa Pellin Dancers were practicing their moves prior to taking the stage at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod on Saturday.
Cool cats: from left, Belle Cocksedge, Issy Standfield, Leila Tracy, and Yasmin Duursma from Susan Green School of Dance (Foster) got into their feline characters back stage at the eisteddfod.
A perfect performance: Modern Jazz Troupe 14 and under performers from Susan Green School of Dance (Foster), back, from left, Matilda Traille, Belle Cocksedge, Mackinley O’Sullivan, Courtney Zuidema and Amy Tudor, and front, from left, Yasmin Duursma, Leila Tracy and Issy Standfield wowed the crowd at the eisteddfod.
Taptastic trio: from left, students from Susan Green School of Dance (Foster) in Tap Troupe 10 and under, Gloria Gordon, Zane Duursma and Bree Allen.
The competitors saw red: Lisa Pellin Dancers (Leongatha) from left, Chloe Adkins, Lily Fox, Tilly Thorpe, Cleo Hogan, Morgan Mitchelson and Bella Thorpe.
Jazz hands and dazzling smiles: Lisa Pellin Dancers (Leongatha) Modern Jazz Troupe 14 and under. Back, from left, Lily Fox, Tilly Thorpe, Cleo Hogan, Bella Thorpe. Front, from left, Chloe Adkins, Jackson Patterson and Morgan Mitchelson.
Hitting a high note: Lisa Pellin Dancers (Leongatha), Tap Troupe 10 and under. Back, from left, Siobhan Cooper, Grace Patterson and Ruby Adkins, and front, from left, Claudia Leys, Taya Cameron, Chloe Fox and Maya Williams.
Graceful girls: Maya Williams, Siobhan Cooper and Taya Cameron remained calm prior to taking the stage at the eisteddfod.
All that jazz: from left, Marcelle Luz, Teyalee Trewin, Ella Mahoney and Claire Cake competed in various sections throughout the competition.
Local talent: Tilly Thorpe from Lisa Pellin Dancers (Leongatha) was all smiles after her classical performance last Friday at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod.
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