Dance festival needs organisers

IT'S not a matter of disinterest.

Last year, the Gladstone Dance Festival saw around 70-80 children compete over the two day event, many of whom performed more than once.

The reason the festival may be closing down is because there aren't enough people volunteering to take on committee positions.

The possibility of cutting the annual event, which has been running for 19 years, became very real to show president Lynda Ninness when there weren't enough volunteers to hold their last meeting.

"We quite simply didn't have enough people to hold our last AGM meeting," she said. "We had to reschedule.

"We're now in a position where if we don't have our committee positions filled and enough numbers to attend the next meeting, the Gladstone Dance Festival will no longer be held."

Ms Ninness said it would be "a real shame" to lose a local event after so many years.

"What makes it special is that it's a dancing event available to local dancers only," she said.

"The only other event like it is the Gladstone Eisteddfod, but you can get competitors from out of town.

"The Gladstone Dance Festival allows the kids to get some practice on stage before the big event. They love it."

Ms Ninness said increasing rents and cost of living in Gladstone may be the reason it was difficult to find volunteers.

"I think it's possible a lot of people are going back to work in order to help pay rent," she said. "We're all busy, in this day and age, and especially in Gladstone."

However she also said the workload of a committee member wasn't too much to take on with a full-time job.

"We have meetings every two months and they normally only last 45 minutes," she said.

"The workload only really increases a little before the month of the festival."

For more information, email her at lyndaninness@skymesh.com.au



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