Talent on display

Gippsland youth’s talent is on display at the Annual Moe Newborough Yallourn North Dance Eisteddfod, which began on Friday at the Moe Town Hall.

MNYNDE president Anna McKenzie said the competition, which would run until Wednesday, was known as the “friendly eisteddfod”.

“This eisteddfod has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 years, catering for both Gippsland, Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne dancers,” Ms McKenzie said.

“2013 has seen over 160 dancers aged from five to 18 years register to perform over 950 dances ranging from classical ballet to contemporary dance, tap, jazz, song and dance and, new this year, hip hop.

“Support from Energy Australia, Latrobe City and many generous local business and individual sponsors allows the MNYNDE committee to provide a six day competition, allowing the many talented performers in south eastern Victoria to showcase their amazing talents.”

Ms McKenzie said this year’s adjudicator was Donna Lierse.

“Donna Lierse has many years of dancing and teaching experience and she wants to encourage young dancers to strive to be the best they can be and hopes to contribute to the friendly atmosphere of this eisteddfod,” Ms McKenzie said.

“Morning sessions commence at 8.30am and afternoon sessions commence at 1pm.

“All are welcome to come and support our local talented youth.”

Visitors are welcome at the eisteddfod, which finishes on Wednesday.