EVERYBODY DANCE: Nicole Shipman Academy of Dance performers compete in the expressive or creative group opens section at the e
EVERYBODY DANCE: Nicole Shipman Academy of Dance performers compete in the expressive or creative group opens section at the e

Young dancers in search of the rhythm

By EMMA CORNFORD

THE lights dim, a bell sounds, and six dancers take to the stage in a whirl of fluorescent orange and yellow.

All aged under eight and still trying to find the rhythm within, they are the first competitors in section 532 ? modern, cabaret or jazz style group. As the five girls and one boy complete their routine to the tune of 'Superstar', the crowd erupts; proud parents and fellow dancers cheer and clap.

Such is a usual day at the Grafton Eisteddfod's dance section and many more dancers will appear on stage before the week of competition is complete.

Eisteddfod dance co-ordinator Diana Welch said there had been a good turnout this year, with competitors travelling from Woolgoolga, Red Rock/Corindi and Yamba to take part in the event.

"We haven't got the kids from Casino this year, but there still seems to be just as many people here," she said.

"There are all the kids that travel and all the local ones too ? it brings a lot of people to town, that's for sure."

Dance teacher Corinne O'Rafferty has travelled from Sydney to adjudicate the event and as she reads out her verdict for section 532 there is a buzz of congratulations ? and contention.

There will always be disappointment for some, but the winners are stoked as the hours of hard work pay off.



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