AFTER two false starts, the 74th City of Sale Theatrical Dancing Eisteddfod was finally able to begin on Tuesday.
The pandemic prevented the Eisteddfod from getting into the swing of things last April, and again in September, with organisers having to cancel the event each time just two weeks out because of COVID-19 restrictions.
COVID-19 still made its mark however, with the event having to significantly modify its usual programming in order to remain COVID-safe, such as pre-ticketing sessions for relatives only, and limiting the number of students allowed to get ready inside Sale Memorial Hall.
Plenty of Gippsland-based dance schools, including Sale's In-Step Dance School and Leaps and Bounds, based in Sale and Yarram, were still able to enter students, who were keen to take to the stage after a year without performing.
Adjudicated by former professional dancer and dance teacher Hilary Hazledine, the eisteddfod is the first one back for Gippsland after the COVID-enforced break, with Moe Eisteddfod to follow Sale's lead from today.
Pictured, Leaps and Bounds' Aliesha Turnbull performs in the neo-classical lyrical solo 10 and under 12 years open on Wednesday afternoon.