Tiny dancers shine on stage
THE dance section of the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod continued yesterday with group performances in the George Hogg Auditorium.
Among the schools taking to the stage for the classical ballet category 10 years and under was The Wallace Academy.
Principal Marguerite Wallace said the girls quelled their nerves before walking on to stage to perform The Yellow Ballet.
"I think they did a really good job. It was better than the last eisteddfod they did and that's the important thing," she said.
"If you can see improvement from one performance to the next, that's really valuable."
The girls had rehearsed the routine twice a week since the beginning of the year.
Ms Wallace said they were seasoned performers when it came to eisteddfod time.
"We had a lot of nervous little girls, but they have done several eisteddfods before this one," Ms Wallace said.
Sixteen groups entered the category, including Ashfield Ballet School from Redlands.
Artistic director Haley Ashfield said despite their long drive, the girls loved performing at the Ipswich Civic Centre.
"The children love dancing at the civic centre. When I say do you want to drive out to Ipswich they say yes because they love the venue," she said.
Keep reading the QT for more on the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod.