Eisteddfod impresses adjudicators
Adjudicators of the 63rd annual Ararat Eisteddfod have commended the friendliness of the event and its competitors as they enter the final five days of competition.
The week-long event, at Ararat Performing Arts Centre until Sunday, welcomes dancers from across Victoria in a showcase of performance skills in genres such as jazz, tap, contemporary and classical ballet.
Eisteddfod secretary Chris Harris said Melbourne adjudicators Jason Duff and Claire Heywood had been impressed with the event’s offerings. “It’s all been going very, very well,” she said. “Both adjudicators have been impressed with not only the standard of the competition but also the friendliness of the competition.
“The friendliness and fun that the participants and organisers have is a highlight of the event and a reason many keep returning.
“Audiences have been good with an average of 70 to 80 people each session.”
Ms Harris said Wimmera’s own Holly Allgood, Ararat, took out an honourable mention in the Senior Jazz Championship, and Emma Lavery and Jenae Marr, also from Ararat, received honourable mentions in the Under-16 Neo, Contemporary or Character Duo-trio section.
She said the eight and under-10 years sections would be tonight and tomorrow, followed by a ‘Troupe Day’ extravaganza on Friday, and 10-years and under-12 years sections on Saturday and Sunday.
She said people could watch performances on every day of the competition from 9am until about 9.30pm.
ON POINT: Ararat’s Greta Pinniger competes in an Under-16 Neo, Contemporary or Character Duo-trio section at the 63rd annual Ararat Eisteddfod at Ararat Performing Arts Centre. The week-long event, finishing on Sunday, gathers dancers from across the state to compete in a variety of dance genres including jazz, tap, and classical ballet. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER