Dancers unite at Morwell Festival

A sold out gala evening celebrating 30 years of dance concluded the Morwell Festival of Dance on Saturday.

At this year’s eisteddfod more than 2000 participants took to centre stage where dancers from the past three decades united for nine days of performance.

Spectators were treated to a variety of dance forms from young Gippsland dancers including jazz, neo-classical, tap, contemporary and troupes.

The Morwell Festival of Dance is a continuing tradition started by two ballet mums, aimed at giving up-and-coming dancers an opportunity to connect and perform in the community.

Saturday marked the championship events, where dancers battled it out for scholarships and trophies, and was followed by the gala evening.

Opened by Melbourne dance school The Edge full timers, the gala night reunited eisteddfod life members for an evening of celebration and reflection at Kernot Hall.

The life members also gathered earlier in the afternoon for a morning tea hosted by the committee to thank them for their ongoing contributions.

“Our life members have been such an important part of MFOD’s success,” a festival spokesperson said.

Championship winners included Maddison Tosch from Julie Ryan Dancers in the 15 year and over Senior Modern Scholarship and Casey Dawes from KC’s School of Dance for the 10 years and under 13 Junior Modern Championship.