21 September 2017
On Sunday 17 September, dancers from Dance North Academy in Narraweena claimed top honours in the made-for-television event Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Dance of Champions and were awarded $5,000.
The group performed a Contemporary Dance routine entitled Hope There's Someone a beautifully choreographed piece that explores the journey of loss. The dancers performed with precision, in constant harmony with music that allowed them move in an expressive way, interpreting emotion through their movements.
The group secured their place in this event by winning the Contemporary Dance Group 10–30 dancers (any age) event in June and were invited to perform this routine as guest artists at the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Finals at Sydney Opera House.
Groups from Dance North Academy also won events for Modern Expressive/Lyrical Dance Group for 10 -30 dancers (Any Age), Modern Expressive/Lyrical Dance Group for 4-9 dancers (Any Age), placed 3rd in the event for Modern Expressive/Lyrical Dance Group (16/u), and groups in events for Contemporary Dance Group 10–30 dancers (Any Age) Excluding full-time students and Contemporary Dance Group 10-30 dancers (16/u) receive Highly Commended.
A total of 16 finalists from across Australia appeared in this “dance of champions”, each of which have secured their place in this prestigious event by placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in qualifying dance group events from the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod.
The event’s $28,000 total prize value would not be possible without the generous support provided by sponsors McDonald's Australia, and Sydney Eisteddfod is incredibly grateful for their contribution.
Other winners for 2017 were:
Harbord Public School (Freshwater) - 2nd Jury Vote
Woollahra Public School Boys Hip Hop Crew - 3rd Jury Vote
Pacific Hills Christian School Junior Troupe (Dural) - Winner People's Choice Award
Glenhaven Public School - 2nd People's Choice Award
Lindfield Public School Infants Show Troupe - 3rd People's Choice Award
The other finalists that performed in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Dance of Champions were:
Joanne Grace School of Dance (Fairy Meadow)
Lane Cove & Roseville Dance Academies, Laguna Street Boys Ensemble (Caringbah)
Mosman Dance Academy, Plie Groove’n’Shuffle (Cromer)
St Columba Anglican School (Port Macquarie)
Sydney Girls High School Dance Company (Moore Park)
The Ballet Class (North Bondi)
The McDonald College (North Strathfield)
The West Australian School of Dance (Wangara, WA)
Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Dance of Champions will be broadcast nationally on Network Ten on Sunday 15 October 2017, 12:30pm.
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* Sydney Eisteddfod is a not-for-profit organisation that runs one of the most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world. We have an average of 350 events yearly with competitors coming mostly from NSW/ACT but also from other states and New Zealand.