A RECORD number of entrants has prompted an urgent call for volunteers for the upcoming Gladstone Dance Festival.
The competition, which is only open to local dancers, received 227 separate nominations, ranging from solo, duo and group performances.
Trophy clerk Lynda Ninness said there were more ballet and contemporary nominations, as well as senior competitors, in comparison to previous years.
"I think it's just more people who have come to town," she said.
As the festival's four-person committee all have young children competing at the festival they need more volunteers so they, and other helpers, can watch their own kids perform.
"Our high number of entries is exciting and bodes well for a great weekend of dance," secretary Christine Leu said.
"But it's hard because they (volunteers) will be helping out their own children."
Treasurer Kate Maslen said there were a variety of different volunteer roles and people could be added onto the job roster in two-hour blocks.
Roles include being a scribe or chairperson, sitting at the door and selling tickets, backstage helpers and canteen workers.
Ms Maslen said the festival, now in its 21st year, was rewarding for dancers.
"It gives them a lot of confidence before the eisteddfod," Ms Maslen said.
- The 2014 festival will run from March 29-30
- The festival is open to dancers from the Gladstone region aged between 3-18
- Sections include classical and contemporary ballet, modern jazz, cabaret, tap, national and own choreography
- Visit Facebook page Gladstone Dance Festival Association