The contemporary dance group took out top honours in the Open Contemporary section.
The contemporary dance group took out top honours in the Open Contemporary section.

Dancers blitz Brissy stage

THE girls from Emerald Academy of Dancing certainly know how to bust a few moves, as they proved at the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge last weekend.

With 40 girls over four age groups competing in the challenge, Jane Davis from the academy said she was extremely proud of the effort theyput in.

“It would have been the biggest competition they have been to,” Jane said.

“A lot of the younger girls were doing their first ever eisteddfod.”

Competing in classical ballet, lyrical and modern jazz, contemporary, free movement and cultural and ethnic dance, the girls were able to show off their talents in a number of different genres.

The contemporary dance group took out top honours in the Open Contemporary division, with an impressive mark of 99.5 out of 100 to beat troupes from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Sydney.

“Their performance was faultless,” Jane said.

“I loved the choreography and everything about this routine, I thought it was quite brilliant.”

Dancing to a Circue du Soleil piece, Jane said the girls had worked so hard in the lead up to the competition and that with some of the girls being away, they had even learnt the routine through Facebook.

Jane said while the competition was a great opportunity for the girls to test their skills, the academy also used it as a cultural experience and watched two live ballets in Brisbane while they were there.

The next big competitions on the girls calendars are eisteddfods in Gladstone and Biloeila in September.


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