Dance has been a major highlight of the Sydney Eisteddfod program for decades. Over years so many dancers who gave their first public appearances on its platform have progressed Into successful careers with leading ballet companies throughout the world, it is almost impossible to count them.
The Sydney Eisteddfod Syllabus includes 74 solo events for dancers of all ages in genres ranging from classical ballet, demi character, contemporary and modern expressive/lyrical to tap, hip hop and jazz. The prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships and the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship crown the dance program, but every event provides participants with a valuable learning experience.
In an interview with Dance Informa, former Sydney Eisteddfod champion, Royal Ballet principal Steven McRae, who now ranks as one of the top male dancers in the world, said students who wanted a career in dance should compete in as many competitions as possible. ‘Competitions are vital for everyone who hopes to make a career in dance,’ he said. ‘Winning is not important...it’s the participation that matters. You learn something from every competitive event...and the discipline of getting on stage and facing your fears helps you to become consistent.’
The entire 2014 Syllabus can be viewed on the Sydney Eisteddfod website.
Entries can be lodged online, by mail or fax to 02 9261 8161. For further information contact Sydney Eisteddfod by phoning 02 9261 8366 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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