Eisteddfod gets off on right foot

FROM the refined technique of classical ballet to the fluid movement of modern dance, the Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod started off on the right foot yesterday.

After months of preparation and practice, the first of the eight-day event saw dancers in the Novice category take to the Maclean Civic Hall stage.

Step by step, dancers from the 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14-and-under age groups, plus opens, entranced the audience with their routines.

The category is for dancers who have not yet been awarded a first prize in a eisteddfod; however Clarence Dance Academy teacher Adele Lewis said the performances were first-class.

“It’s going really well,” she said. “All the work’s lovely and of a high standard.”

Ms Lewis said the modern section, where the dancers express movement to neo-classical music, was a highlight for her. “It was beautiful.”

The eisteddfod continues today with open tap, jazz, modern and contemporary entries, followed by the 14-years-and-under troupes tonight.



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