Senior students from Natalie Latimer’s Dance Euphoria academy rehearse for the tap group section of the Eisteddfod at the Pilbeam Theatre.
Senior students from Natalie Latimer’s Dance Euphoria academy rehearse for the tap group section of the Eisteddfod at the Pilbeam Theatre. Chris Ison

Eisteddfod stage to light up today

THIS morning the performing arts extravaganza that is Eisteddfod kicks off in a blaze of song and dance.

Porshia Besley, 16, was at the Pilbeam Theatre yesterday afternoon preparing for tap group section.

Porshia, of Natalie Latimer’s Dance Euphoria academy, said it was her fifth year participating in Eisteddfod.

“Eisteddfod is great. I like the competition and fun of performing. I like to show off to the audience,” she said.

Porshia did not know how many sections she had entered this year but said it was “a lot” and although she took part in many sections including contemporary and ballet, jazz was her favourite.

There are close to 900 entries in the dance competition this year and 6-7000 young people competing in the different sections which also include music, verse recitation and other performance art.

Rockhampton Eisteddfod Association president Les Killion said it was the second largest Eisteddfod in the state and would feature a guitar section introduced for the first time. It has attracted 120 entries.

“We’re trying to move with the times,” Mr Killion explained.

“We realise a lot of kids in school are learning guitar these days,” he said.

Mr Killion said it would give young people, who would not normally participate, the opportunity to perform.

He said there were also new literary sections which were not performance-based. The eisteddfod concludes on May 28 with the Community Gala Concert featuring the major bursary winners.



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