DANCERS from Port Macquarie studio La Vive Studio shone on stage at the 2021 Taree and District Eisteddfod.
Rose Amon, 11, who is in year 6 at Port Macquarie Public School, has been dancing at La Vive in Port Macquarie since she was three.
She loves everything about dancing at eisteddfods and couldn't wait to get back on stage at the Manning Entertainment Centre after performing at only one last year in Newcastle because most of the local eisteddfods were cancelled due to COVID.
La Vive Studios is a second home. She's there about 15 hours every week.
"We're a big family. You need a good environment with encouraging friends and teachers," she said.
"They're (the teachers) hard on us which is good , they give us really good corrections, they help us but they also make sure that we stay positive and if we mess up, we don't get made at ourselves and give up - we keep trying."
At the recent eisteddfod, Rose performed nine solos and was in nine group dances, placing first for her modern expressive and classical ballet solos, second for her contemporary, jazz and fast taps solos; and third in slow tap.
Rose said the competition was challenging.
"For Taree I had a few quick changes and a few just normal pace," she said.
"If you have normal pace you have more time to practice your dances and get ready but if you have a quick change you have to you have to warm up backstage and get ready to go and you have to do your hair very fast and it's not going to be the best as if you're just doing a normal but obviously it's very exciting and very exhilarating when you have quick changes.
"I had to run my dances a few times, warm and stretch and practice my tricks and then I just sat down for a bit, relaxed. My friends sent me a message on Facebook before I went on stage to wish me good luck."
Rose dreams of being a professional dancer and travelling to Europe with her friend Maeve.
Studio owner and principal Liz Seiger said the Taree Eisteddfod was an opportunity for the young dancers to get back on stage.
Over the course of the weekend La Vive performance troupes obtained:
- 8 YRS and Under: - Highly Commended for Jazz and Modern Expressive
- 10 YRS and Under - Highly Commended for Classical Ballet
- 12 YRS and Under - 2nd Place for Lyrical, Highly Commended for Classical, Highly Commended for Jazz, Highly Commended for Musical Theatre (This is Roses Age Group)
- 14 YRS and Under - 1st Place for Lyrical, 3rd place for Jazz, Highly Commended for Musical Theatre (This is Roses Age Group)
- Open Age - 1st place for Bollywood, 1st place for Variety, 1st place Hip Hop, 2nd place Lyrical
"We were very proud and excited when our 14 years Musical Theatre (High School Musical Dance) was awarded the Most Entertaining Group of the 2021 Taree District Eisteddfod," Ms Seiger said.
"This was a fantastic achievement for our school. All our students and our teachers worked extremely hard to make sure this performance was captivating, funny and entertaining."
La Vive is invited back to perform this routine in the Taree District Eisteddfod grand concert on June 5.
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