Moe Dance Eisteddfod returns in grand style

Tom Gannon

Competitors at this year’s Moe Dance Eisteddfod pirouetted back into the limelight after a coronavirus induced year away from their craft.

Keen performers ranging from under six years of age through to over 16 took part in the Eisteddfod which saw 1280 performances in categories such as Neo-classical, song and dance and classical ballet at the Lowanna College Auditorium.

Following a year away from public performances you would think these dancers would have needed time to dust off the cobwebs, but this was certainly not the case.

All competitors came poised and prepared to put on a show for audiences, displaying an exciting pool of talent in the state’s dance scene.

Moe Dance Eisteddfod president Shirley Weir said the goal of making the Eisteddfod a fun one was a huge success.

“It has been fantastic, everything has run smoothly and the kids are absolutely enjoying being back dancing and seeing their friends from their own dance schools as well as other schools,” she said.

“I’ve had a fair bit of feedback and been told the kids have been enjoying themselves, in particular they’ve enjoyed coming to Moe, being that we like to have a fun eisteddfod. The kids have been having their lessons and for them to be able to perform what they learnt has been incredible.”

Ms Weir was blown away by the sheer amount of talent at the Eisteddfod, which she said makes her even more motivated to keep the event thriving in years to come.

“It’s brought a lot of talent to the valley and it’s been nice to see people that we haven’t seen for a couple of years because of last year’s events,” she said.

“It’s great to see talent from all across Victoria and to see all the different styles of dancing and techniques, I’m hoping that things can continue the way they are and hopefully next year we can run again.”