Gunnedah Dance Eisteddfod to draw region's dancers after three-year hiatus

It has been three years since dancers took to the stage in Gunnedah for the eisteddfod. Photo: Les Alker
It has been three years since dancers took to the stage in Gunnedah for the eisteddfod. Photo: Les Alker

Dancers from around the region will descend on Gunnedah on the weekend.

Over three days, hundreds of dancers from Gunnedah, Tamworth, Singleton, Narrabri, Armidale, Inverell and Muswellbrook will perform at the Gunnedah Eisteddfod.

Co-convenors and local dancers, Talisa Miller and Amelia Gallagher, said it is being well-supported by local studios Rhana’s Academy of Dance, Totally Dance Studios, and T2K.

Ms Miller said it was fairly typical for dancers to travel distances to participate in eisteddfods but they hadn’t anticipate the flood of entries.

“We were not expecting that many entries the first time back after a few years,” Ms Miller said.

Ms Miller said organising the eisteddfod was a new experience for her and Ms Gallagher but it had been positive.

“We were organised pretty early because we wanted to make sure of things because it was our first time,” she said.

"I feel like because we’ve both been dancing at eisteddfods our whole lives, we know how it should run.

“We’ve also had help from past convenors and support from members of the Gunnedah Eisteddfod Society.”

Ms Gallagher said the under 10 years, under 12 years and under 14 years have “the biggest solo categories out of any of them”, with around 10-12 dancers signed-up in each age group.

Dance styles of jazz, ballet, tap, modern, improvisation, contemporary, hip-hop funk, and other styles of dance will be judged by adjudicator Julia Horvath from Sydney.

The co-convenors said they were happy to get the dance eisteddfod up and running again and  hope it can once again become an annual event.

“It was such a shame that the little kids were missing out on performing in their local eisteddfod,” Ms Miller said.​

The eisteddfod will start on Friday, with Gunnedah Town Hall the venue from 9am-1.30pm. From 1.30pm, the eisteddfod will shift over to The Civic and remain there. On Saturday, the dancing will start at 8am and finish at 9pm. On Sunday, performances will kick-off at 8am and the eisteddfod will wrap-up at 4.30pm.

Cost is $5 per session, $10 per day or $20 for the whole weekends. Tickets can be purchased at the door.