St Therese Infant Group on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Dance Group Day at the Sydney Opera House has built up a reputation for always being adrenaline-charged and jam-packed and this year proved to be more fun than ever before! With an estimated 2,000 dancers, both large and small, flooding the Sydney Opera House from the early morning, Dance Group Day was an all-round success.
Sydney Eisteddfod was overwhelmed to see such a large amount of supporters attend, helping to create an unforgettable atmosphere for the performers.
The day started off with the Primary School Dance Group event, which saw 34 schools put on a show! It was evident each group tried their hardest, making the judges decision very difficult. Burraneer Bay Public School Year 6 Dance Group were crowned the winners of the section with their dynamic, emotive number, Glenhaven Public School followed close behind in second place and Grays Point Public School Dance Group placed third.
Next to take the stage was the Infant School Dance Group (Years K – 2) event and boy did they entertain! St Therese Infant Group from Mascot won over both the judges and the audience with their adorable routine. St Charles Infants Show Troupe took out second place and Greystanes Public School Junior Dance Group came third.
Following on from that event was the Primary School Jazz/ Musical Theatre/ Hip Hop Dance Group event which saw 23 entrants compete. Lindfield Public School Senior Troupe took out first place with their energetic number. St Therese Senior Group was awarded second place and Mowbray Public School Senior Performance Ensemble placed third.
As the evening progressed and the school groups concluded for the day, some of Sydney’s most competitive dance academy’s filled the space ready to compete in the Jazz Dance Group (Any Age) event. This year the category was split into Division A and Division B and both halves were equally compelling.
In Division A, Dance Unlimited was crowned first place and KRS Dance followed with a close second. Canberra Dance Development Centre was awarded third placing, however all groups should be incredibly proud of their performance.
Division B also brought their A-game, Village On Broadway stood out with their highly creative routine taking out first place in the event. Australian Performing Arts College was awarded second and Performance Art Western Sydney (PAWS) third.
Sydney Eisteddfod would once again like to give all performers, from the littlest kindy students to the Open age, a huge round of applause for their efforts on Sunday. Each and every group did the Sydney Opera House stage justice and it was incredibly enjoyable to witness.