45th Annual Dance Eisteddfod
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Dance off: Students showing all the moves

FOR the second year in a row, students from over 38 schools and pre-schools around the region have united at Woolgoolga High School for the 45th Annual Coffs Harbour and District Dance Eisteddfod.

Woolgoolga High School hosted Schools Day yesterday which included performances from seven infant schools, 17 Primary Schools and 14 High Schools, ranging from Lismore to Bonville and to Glenreagh.

This year saw the new addition of the HSC Dance section which allows students to perform their Major Works and receive critical feedback from a panel adjudicators.

Group weekend, which commenced today and runs until Monday, will see performances from nineteen different Dance Schools ranging from the Gold Coast down to Wingham and Taree.

An incredible 330 performers will also take part in the Solos.

In total, more than 2,500 routines will be performed over the 12 days of the eisteddfod.

Organiser Helen Rook said this year's eisteddfod is one of the largest in recent years.

"As always, the Eisteddfod Society continues to encourage and nurture young performers. It is also a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers,” Ms Rook said.

”The support from the local communities in both Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour, as well as Major Dance Companies in Sydney and Brisbane, is also greatly appreciated in that it allows us to offer substantial Scholarships to help support the ongoing development of local performers.”

The Dance Eisteddfod concludes with two Gala Concerts which will be held at the Jetty Memorial Theatre on Saturday, June 24.

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