Shooting for the stars at the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod.
Shooting for the stars at the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod. Move Photography

Dancers take over Lower Clarence

DANCING has been all the rage in Maclean this week with the Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod taking over the local Civic Hall.

President of the organising committee, Adele Lewis, said she was pleased with the turn out for this years competition.

"It's been a brilliant eisteddfod, with an amazing range of talent from far and wide," she said.

But the competition really ramps up on Saturday, when dancers will compete for scholarships. Dancers will participate in workshops put on by adjudicator Katie Player, and three dancers will be selected from each group to perform on Saturday afternoon. Ms Player will select the scholarship winners from the final performances.

"That's when we will know who the stand-out is," Ms Lewis said about the dancers.

According to Ms Lewis, the Troupe performance day was packed and the whole competition has been terrific so far.

While the performances have been spectacular, Mrs Lewis said former tennis player Pat Rafter being spotted in the audience had caused a stir.

"We were really surprised that Pat Rafter was there on Troupe Day to watch his daughter. It was really wild," she said.

The eisteddfod will be running all week.

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Eisteddfod music to Maclean's ears

THE Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod is gearing up to begin it's fifth year by calling for young and old participants.

Vying for a spot on the Lower Clarence social calendar, secretary Jennifer Ensor said they were hoping to resurrect the eisteddfod successfully and promote local talent.

"We started off with a good number of people and its started to grow every year," she said.

Hoping to offer a wide range of people the opportunity to showcase their talents, Ms Ensor said they have been getting a wide range of entrants to the competition over the past five years.

"The competition includes vocal, instrumental, piano and string, they are the four basic ones," she said.

"We also do HSC music students."

Aside from the basic events, the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod also offers an instrumental and vocal section, and also encourages people who are learning an instrument or learning to sing to participate.

Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod president Doug Towner said they were aiming to support local musicians through encouraging people to perform live in front of an audience.

"There are over 160 competitive events for our musicians and students to enter," he said.

"While the great number of participants come from the Clarence Valley area, including Grafton, we try to project our music eisteddfod to the neighbouring areas including Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Coffs Harbour."

The Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod aims to encourage and promote local and regional musicians, community organisations and individuals to participate and contribute to the music and artistic life of the community.

This years ajudicator for the eisteddfod is performer and experienced examiner James Muir.

The competition will be held on Saturday, June 18 at the Maclean Civic Hall. Entrants are in the running to win $4000 worth of awards.

Entries for the eisteddfod close Friday, May 6.

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