Amelia Ryan leaps during her Modern Expressive/Contemporary improvisation dance in the 12 years category.
Amelia Ryan leaps during her Modern Expressive/Contemporary improvisation dance in the 12 years category. Adam Hourigan Photography

Judge looks for x-factor

AMANDA Clerke has tackled almost everything the dance world has to offer, from dancing alongside greats such as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev to adjudicating the Grafton Dance Eisteddfod.

Today is the last day of the celebration of dance, which began last Saturday, and over the course of the week, Amanda has been impressed with the standard.

“There have been pockets of brilliance, but I am always on the lookout for that perfect technique. I guess that is the ballet dancer and teacher in me,” she said with a laugh.

Amanda has been in the adjudicating game for about 20 years and says that what keeps her around is that ability to see new talent.

“I love being able to give constructive criticism to improve a dancer.

"I like to watch and identify things that will make someone a better dancer, be that how they hold their feet to how they pull themselves up.”

During the week, and having viewed all styles of dance, Amanda says what she is always looking for is that x-factor.

“In ballet I am just looking purely for technique but I guess in other forms of dance, you are looking for that point of difference, that thing that makes you sit up and take notice.

"Dancers need to find their X-factor and tap into it.

“I want it all.

"Good technique without the footlights is useless.”

The Grafton Eisteddfod ends today with the championship sections commencing in the afternoon session.



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