Classical touch of dance

Dancers from the Latrobe Valley and beyond will perform at Kernot Hall this week, taking part in the 27th annual Morwell Festival of Dance.

During the nine-day eisteddfod, which began on Friday, 340 dancers will perform about 1795 dances.

Secretary Dennis Hicks said as the eisteddfod was one of the only festivals held in the region at this time, it attracted dancing schools from Warragul, Bairnsdale, Sale, Pakenham, Narre Warren and Canbourne, as well as the Valley.

Dancers aged from under six years up to their 20s will compete in sections including classical, tap, modern, jazz, song and dance, contemporary, neo, duos and troupes.

Mr Hicks said his three children danced and events like this were a great opportunity for children to develop.

“It’s great for the kids,” Mr Hicks said.

“They grow in self confidence by dancing in front of a crowd of people, building confidence for when they go out into the real wide world.”

Sessions run morning, afternoon and evenings at Kernot Hall, Morwell until Saturday.

Cost is $4 for a session pass, $10 for a day pass or $30 for a weekly pass.