Grand Champions: Members of the Annette Roselli Dance Academy Eisteddfod team. Photo: Supplied.
FROM ANNETTE ROSELLI DANCE ACADEMY
The Wynnum Manly Dance Eisteddfod has been part of the local community for many years and is celebrating its 50 year anniversary in 2021. The Eisteddfod is run by a dedicated team of volunteers and has allowed young performers to showcase their talents in dance, music, and speech and drama, in a friendly supportive environment. Many careers were launched at this Eisteddfod including the only Australian female dancer in the Royal Ballet Company, London – local dancer Amelia Townsend.
The 2021 Dance Eisteddfod for groups and solos was held in May. Dance studios from around Brisbane competed for the overall award of Grand Champion.
Local studio Annette Roselli Dance Academy was awarded the Grand Champion – the highest aggregate of points across all genres and all studios throughout the Eisteddfod. The Annette Roselli Dance Academy was also awarded the Most Promising Classical Group of the Eisteddfod, with the Open group achieving a mark of 95%.
The studio has proven to be a formidable force across all genres – not just in classical ballet. This is due to the technique taught to the students from an early age. The studio was successful in Contemporary, Lyrical, Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz, proving that those with a good technical foundation can do just about anything in the dance world.
Congratulations to the Wynnum Manly Dance Eisteddfod organisers for putting on such a well organised eisteddfod while faced with Covid restrictions. It’s a testament to the passion and dedication of the volunteers. A special thanks to Gail Hansen and Pearl MacIntosh who helped run the Eisteddfod for many years.