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Newcastle dancers step onto stage for Sydney Eisteddfod extravaganza


Newcastle’s finest dancers will feature in the Southern Hemisphere’s most prestigious event this weekend.

Adamstown’s Ablaze Dance Academy and Lambton’s National College of Dance and Junior Academy have been named as finalists in Sydney Eisteddfod’s Dance of Champions at the Sydney Opera House.

The competition, on Sunday 23 July, features the most outstanding troupes from throughout Australia, across all genres and age groups.

And, the two local outfits are looking forward to participating in the high-profile “battle of the best” spectacular.

Just recently, Ablaze Dance Academy’s open age contemporary group secured first place at the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod while the National College of Dance and Junior Academy also tasted success, with several members earning accolades.

The Dance of Champions forms one component of the Dance Gala, with the other being the Ballet Scholarship finals.

Sydney Eisteddfod has nurtured the Australian performing arts at a grass roots level, since 1933.

And, the 2023 season is no exception either, boasting an extensive program in excess of 350 events.

Meanwhile, the Ballet Scholarship finals will see Australia’s best dancers compete for a top prize of $18,000 and the chance to undertake pre-professional placements with the world’s elite companies.

With a total pool of $32,000, and more than 200 entrants from across Australia and New Zealand, the scholarship is widely-regarded as the most valuable and prestigious award in the Southern Hemisphere.

National College of Dance and Junior Academy’s Mia Leishman and Sylas Grimsley.

National College of Dance and Junior Academy’s Sydney Eisteddfod results

  • 19 years contemporary: 1st – Caitlin Lovett
  • 18 years lyrical: 1st – Maya Green; HC – Caitlin Lovett
  • 18 years contemporary: HC – Ashton Philp
  • 18 years ballet: 2nd – Maya Green; HC – Sylas Grimsley
  • 17 years contemporary: 1st – Cooper Edwards; 2nd – Mia Leishman
  • 17 years lyrical: 1st – Mia Leishman; 2nd – Cooper Edwards
  • 16 years ballet: HC – Amahli Kipa
  • 16 years contemporary: 2nd – Lucy Eggleton
  • 16 years lyrical: HC – Lucy Eggleton
  • 15 years ballet: HC – Aurelia Beal-Attwood
  • 14 years ballet: 3rd – Ryan Keo; HC – Madeleine McGimpsey

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