GLADSTONE performing artists are among the best, according to eisteddfod adjudicator Tracy-Lee McKinney.
"I attend eight eisteddfods a year on average," she said.
"Central Queensland is up there with the best. Dancers here have beautiful technique, and it is one of the friendliest places to visit."
Competition is heating up on the second day of the 43rd Gladstone City Eisteddfod, featuring contemporary, jazz, classical and tap dance routines.
Eisteddfod committee president Carmel Stanley said the event was beneficial for children for many reasons.
"It not only gives children a chance to showcase their skills," she said.
"They learn about winning and losing. There is a performer in every child. There are many children who are not sporty but have cultural pursuits, and this is their time to show their skills to an audience."
Adjudicator Tracy-Lee McKinney said the committee was deserving of congratulations.
"This event is extremely well run," she said.
"Especially as it is held under a tent. The committee deserves a big pat on the back from the community."
The dance component of the Eisteddfod will continue until Thursday at the GEC Marina Marquee.
The following four weeks are filled with instrumental, speech and drama and vocal performances.