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Dance – Toyota prize winner. Image: Contributed

Back to normal for Grafton Eisteddfod

The 2022 Grafton Dance Eisteddfod was held at the hall of the South Grafton High School over 7 days, Saturday April 9 – Friday April 15 (inclusive). Troupes’ day was Sunday 10, and the remaining days were for soloists. We had 186 soloists enter and troupes from seven different Studios.

It was lovely to run a more “normal” and relaxed event this year after two previous years of running under strict Covid-safe arrangements. 

One thing of note this year was that three of the Studios who brought dance troupes and soloists to compete had been inundated by flood waters twice in the previous month – suffering damage to their buildings and everything inside:

*  Penny Lane Performance and Dance – Murwillumbah

*  Karen Ireland Dance Centre – Lismore

*  Megan Phillips Dance Studio – Lismore

We admire the resilience of the teachers, the students, and their families – and their commitment to dance. (There are some heartbreaking photos on their Facebook pages).

Our visiting Adjudicator this year was Ms Lee Windon.

This year’s winner of the $500 scholarship from our generous sponsors Grafton Toyota for the Most Promising Ballet Student 12 years & over was Scarlett Hutley.

Full Eisteddfod results can be found on the CV Independent website at www.clarencevalleynews.com.au

Louise Leslie