Showing all the right moves

First-place winner Keelin McLaren performs in the Contemporary Ballet/Free Movement Solo 11 years during the 40th Gladstone City Eisteddfod.
First-place winner Keelin McLaren performs in the Contemporary Ballet/Free Movement Solo 11 years during the 40th Gladstone City Eisteddfod.

AFTER all their hard work and effort, the students from Emerald Academy of Dance have something to be proud of after taking out a swag of awards at the Biloela and Gladstone eisteddfods.

Following on from their spectacular win in Brisbane earlier this year, the students competed against tough competition from Bundaberg, Mackay, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Emerald Academy of Dance principal Alexandra Davis couldn't have been more proud of the talent and great sportsmanship displayed at both events.

"We did very well as an academy and at Biloela the adjudicator was very impressed with the choreography and technique," Alexandra said. "He could tell the students were really happy and full of joy on stage which was nice to hear."

Some of the students even had to learn their routines over Facebook due to university studies in various towns.

"I think that proved they can really work well together as a team... that's the key to a good group performance."

At the Gladstone Eisteddfod, the studio won the Over 13 Free Movement, Over 13 Jazz, 8 and Under Tiny Tots Jazz, and 12 and Under Jazz in the group competitions, and soloists Sine McLaren and Cordelia Vine each took out first placings in Contemporary and Uptempo Jazz respectively.

Keelin McLaren blitzed the competition, taking out three first placings in Uptempo Jazz, Contemporary and Jazz Interpretive.

The youngster won the Modern Aggregate highest marks award and was the overall highest marks winner for any under-18 contemporary section.

"This was a very big win as Keelin competed in the 11 years age group and received higher marks than all other competitors in all age groups," Alexandra said. "It's hard to explain Keelin, she really is the whole package as a dancer. She works really hard to get to where she is, and she is humble too. She's always a good sport."

The Biloela Eisteddfod was just as pleasing for the academy, with seven groups taking out first placings and Tiny Tots soloist Rorie Anderson winning the Under-7s section.

Cordelia Vine and Sine McLaren were awarded top gongs for Student Choreography, while two lots of duos also took out first placings.

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