Dancers set to take to the stage

Dancers are set to take to the stage from tomorrow to perform at the Forbes Eisteddfod, which will run at Forbes High School until Sunday, July 21.

This year the eisteddfod received 1069 individual entries for dance with competitors coming from Forbes, Parkes, Orange, Bathurst, Griffith and around the region. The eisteddfod will be held over nine days beginning with solo sections and finishing with group sections.

Kristen Woods said this is the biggest year the eisteddfod has had four groups with school's coming from five different locations.

"We welcome all students participating in our eisteddfod and encourage them to perform at their best in a caring and relaxed environment," she said.

Set to take to the stage are locals Fletcher Browne and Jenna Redfern who were recently awarded scholarship prizes at the Dubbo Eisteddfod.

For their outstanding performances they were awarded a scholarship prize to a one week full time immersion course at Lee Academy.

The immersion will see Fletcher and Jenna take part in the dance academy and experience a week in the life of a full-time dance student.

On top of the one week immersion scholarship Fletcher was also awarded the Jazz Scholarship for $1000 from the Dubbo Eisteddfod.

Fletcher said he is planning to put the scholarship towards a Bali dance retreat that he is attending next year.

Fletcher and Jenna will be performing around 20 individual routines each and in six group routines during the nine days of competition in Forbes.

Training for such a demanding schedule is no quick and easy task - they estimate they do 11 hours of dance training a week.

Day passes for the Forbes Eisteddfod are $12 for adults and $8 for a child or pensioner, or a season pass is $35 for an adult or $25 a child or pensioner.

If anyone would like to volunteer to assist at the eisteddfod, call Kristen on 0437181519.

The adjudicator for the dance sections is Nicky Manego who has worked extensively in Australia and overseas as a dancer/singer in musicals and variety shows.

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