Elle Hetherington competing in the Under 10's Contemporary or Free Movement Solo.
Elle Hetherington competing in the Under 10's Contemporary or Free Movement Solo. Tom Huntley

Local talent shines on stage at Gladstone Dance Festival

List of major results

MORE than 180 routines were performed on the weekend at the Tannum Sands State High School performance centre as part of the 20th Gladstone Dance Festival.

About 75 children competed in all styles of dance at the festival.

Gladstone Dance Festival is a non-profit event that each year showcases and encourages the talent of young local dancers.

President Lynda Ninness said the weekend went well and the adjudicator, Jan Millard from Mackay, was impressed with the standard of dance in the region.

Ms Millard has adjudicated many times for eisteddfods from Ingham to Melbourne.

"Being involved with the organising of the festival for the third year in a row shows that practice makes perfect with the weekend going off without a hitch," Ms Ninness said.

"All our dancers performed their little hearts out, with everyone thoroughly enjoying the show.

"Many of our local girls are now getting ready to compete in the Bundy Eisteddfod starting this Easter Monday, and going through to the following Sunday. So the dance festival was a bit of a warm up and confidence booster for the bigger competition ahead next week."

There is more content to come from the Gladstone Dance Festival: A photo essay from the event will appear in Saturday's paper and there are dancer profiles in Junior Arts this week and next week.


Prestige awards for the most outstanding performer

  • Classical: Tahlia Downey
  • Tap: Harley Roebuck
  • Jazz/hip hop: Whitney Dew
  • Contemporary: Madison Wieland


Classical (classical, demi-character and national solos)

  • 11, 12 and 13 years Wendy Barker Dance Studio Trophy: Abbey Murray
  • 14-18 years Sarah Kadel Trophy: Tahlia Downey

Tap (tap and waltz tap solos)

  • 10 years and under Rampton Danzenergy Studio Trophy: Harely Roebuck
  • 11, 12 and 13 years AD & JC Spencer: Ainsley Childs
  • 14-18 years Marj Rampton Trophy: Madison Wieland

Modern (jazz and contemporary/ free movement solos)

  • 10 years and under Liz Cunningham Trophy: Laura Peever
  • 11, 12 and 13 years Helen Graham Trophy: Yasmine McGuiness
  • 14-18 years Eden Spencer Trophy: Madison Wieland and Tahlia Downey

Other awards

Classical solo with highest mark

  • 18 years and under Rebecca Freyling Perpetual Trophy: Tahlia Downey

Tap/waltz tap solo with highest mark

  • 18 years and under Cyril and Shirley Golding Trophy: Madison Wieland

Jazz/contemporary solo with highest mark

  • 18 years and under Steve Keogh Electrical Trophy: Whitney Dew

Cabaret, novelty or song and dance solo highest mark

  • 18 years and under Amanda McCosker Perpetual Trophy: Madison Wieland

Cory Busteed Perpetual Trophy (18 years and under) for most points awarded in classical, tap and jazz solos combined, kindly donated by the Cebuliak Family

  • Madison Wieland

Encouragement awards

Eight years and under

  • Classical (Elle'ana Gonzalez Trophy): Elle Hetherington
  • Tap (Judith Cooper Trophy): Charlize Allado
  • Modern (Bendigo Bank Trophy): Sophie Potter

9 and 10 years

  • Classical (Bendigo Bank Trophy): Imogen Bobberman
  • Tap (Sylvia Schofield Trophy): Jessica Wilmot
  • Modern (Australian Garages & Carports Trophy): Tahlia Curd

11, 12 and 13 years

  • Classical (Taryn Dunn Trophy): Ruka Kearns
  • Tap (Kyra-Lee Bailey Trophy): Emily Wright
  • Modern ( Mia Bye Trophy): Madisyn Ninness

14-18 years

  • Classical (Leigh Gunston Trophy): Hayley Window
  • Tap (Childs Family Trophy): Alyssa Gatt
  • Modern (Chris Trevor Trophy): Stephanie Manitzky

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