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2008 - Dancers converge

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April 13, 2018

Dancers from Anton Lee in Rochester (centre), join students from the Pulsate Dance Academy in Wangaratta (right) and students from Benalla’s TDA Performing Arts as they participate in Benalla Eisteddfod.

This year in 2008

The fourth Benalla Eisteddfod is now well under way with students from 27 Victorian dance schools converging for the annual event, which promises to provide great opportunity and a positive spin-off for the town.

These include four major dance schools from Melbourne, five from Bendigo, one from Rochester, and many regional schools from Benalla, Wangaratta, and Corowa who have arrived in large numbers to compete in troupe events.

There are also hundreds of students arriving to take part in solo events.

Organisers are excited at the number of entries and the standard of those involved.

With more than 1200 entries, the eisteddfod is now one of the largest dance festivals in Victoria and southern NSW, after only four years of operation.

According to organisers, this is a 25 per cent increase on last year’s numbers.

This year school troupes from Benalla East Primary School and FCJ college will also be taking part in the schools section.

According to organisers, the community’s support for the event has been fantastic with more than 75 local businesses and individuals chipping in.

Organisers said this support helped to create a wonderful atmosphere that visiting students enjoyed and wanted to experience year after year.

BPACC has opened up many opportunities for local students in all facets of performing arts.

This event promises to allow them a chance to not only showcase their abilities to local audiences but learn and compete against large Melbourne schools without the usual pressures and expense of travelling to other districts.

Also in the news this week in 2008:

●Apprentice hairdresser Ebony Phillips, who works at Benalla’s Sayette Hairdressing and Beauty Salon, received an award for her dedication and commitment to hairdressing.

●The Men’s Probus Club of Benalla celebrated its 20th birthday with a celebratory lunch at Benalla Bowls Club.

●Local poet, Upotipotpon’s Sheila Burnell, launched her first book at the age of 82.

●Belinda Ogden and Adam Micallef had a wedding photo published. They tied the knott on March 15 in Ocean Grove.

●State Nationals leader Peter Ryan visited the Rose City last week and met with council members.

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