A marathon of dance is soon to take centre stage at the Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod, with this years dance section scheduled for 27th April to 7th May 2007. For the 36th year in a row, local residents will be amazed by the impressive and diverse range of skills found in our youth of today.
For Event Convener, Gail Hanson, the greatest aspect of the Eisteddfod is the children.
“That’s why I do it. I love seeing them up there putting their heart and soul into it,” she said. “It’s a fantastic feeling, to be able to provide the opportunity for a dancer to perform in front of a live audience. That kind of experience is invaluable, even without winning, the self confidence you gain from such an experience is extremely rewarding, and something that helps you in all aspects of life.”
This year’s adjudicator for dance will be Penny Edler from Mooloolaba. Penny runs a company called Harleqin Art Management, teaching freelance dance and theatrics along the sunshine coast. An RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) registered teacher, Penny has previously run two dance studios over the past 17 years.
“Dance includes a wide range of styles, from classical ballet, Jazz and Tap, to Contemporary/Slow modern and song and dance, so it’s vital we have an adjudicator with an overall knowledge of the different genres,” said Ms Hanson, “what we look for is an ‘all rounder’ who’s done a bit of everything.”
Penny, with years of experience in different styles of dance and a wide repertoire of large, self choreographed and produced theatrical events, is sure to be a huge success.
Category age groups begin at 6 years and under with older competitors up to 15-20 year old. A special section for the ‘mature and motivated’ is also a popular event.
“We’ve had some fantastic entries into this category,” enthused Ms Hanson, “Last year we had a woman of 82 perform a tap dancing routine in a group of 75 to 80 years olds and they were terrific! Hopefully we can get them back this year!”
With new and improved sound equipment, due to a City Council grant received last year, the eisteddfod will be sounding better than ever ensuring first class entertainment at the amazingly low price of $3.50 entry. This is a fantastic way to support the young local talent of our area and everyone is encouraged to come along and enjoy this wonderful opportunity!
Ms Hanson is also looking for volunteers to help with the laying of the dance floor. High school students into performing arts and technical production looking for some hands on experience are encouraged, but anyone would be greatly appreciated. There’s also possible position’s for experience working with lighting and sound equipment. For more information phone Gail Hanson on 3396 3286 or 0417 615 099.
Entry forms and further information can be downloaded from Wynnum Manly Online by clicking here.
All aspiring young artists are encouraged to get their entries in quick for the annual Wynnum Manly Art Eisteddfod. The Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod runs over the course of two months, April and May and includes four major sections, art, dance, music and speech and drama.
The Eisteddfod is all about encouraging the development of Creative Arts in young people and recognising their incredible talent and achievements. As entry forms for the eisteddfod state, the emphasis is on “providing competitors with the opportunity to pace each other on the road to excellence in their chosen field.”
The Art Eisteddfod is the first section to be run this year and will be held over three days, Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April 2007. All young people are welcome with eligible ages ranging from 5 year olds to grade 12 students. A variety of different categories available cater to all styles and techniques including still life, picture making, poster making, freehand drawing, cartooning and group murals.
Eisteddfod: Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod - Help Needed!
Planning for the 2007 Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod is well on the way with the Dance section looking bigger than ever. Gail, organiser of the eisteddfod dance section said she has been very impressed with the amount of downloads of the schedule from the www.wynnummanly.com.au web site. “Things are going very well as far as organisation of the event is concerned. The only dilemma I can see is regarding the new floor. It needs to be cut to size and it is far too heavy for us girls to lug around. The floor will be delivered to the Leisure Centre and will have to be cut to size on location. We are after some strong volunteers maybe with some floor covering experience to come down and cut it to size for us,” Gail said.
Eisteddfod: Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod, A Major Success!
The 2006 Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod is well under way in its 35th year of showcasing a wide range of local talent. Covering art, dance, music and speech and drama, it is, “one of the longest running continual eisteddfods in Australia.” states events convener, Gail Hanson.
The ‘eisteddfod’ originated in Wales and began with choirs competing against each other. The idea then spread to Australia, first reaching Ballarat during the Gold Rushes. It was suggested by the many Welsh minors as a means of entertainment and to occupy the minds of the unruly.
Since then it has expanded to include other art genres, teaching discipline, performance skills/technique and most importantly creating a fun environment in which youth can demonstrate their talent and receive helpful feedback.
After a three day art display that began mid April, the Wynnum Manly Leisure Centre was cleared to make way for a marathon of dance, our current segment. Dance caters to all styles and ages, with classical ballet, tap, jazz, slow modern (contemporary and neo classical), song and dance and novelty, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
This year’s adjudicator for dance, Sue Harvey, comes from Hillcrest (Forrest Lake) and is a qualified dance teacher who used to compete here with her school in Springwood. Her glowing resume lists much experience in adjudication across many country eisteddfods.
This year the dance segment is bigger than ever with at least 10 or more hours up on last year. Part of this success is due to internet exposure.
People have come from as far as Gatten, Lismore and Buderim making use of Wynnum Manly's great range of accommodation.
This event has certainly proven its ability to draw crowds. With such an increase in participation, it is becoming more and more necessary for the development of a larger local venue, something the council should certainly look into as a worthwhile cause.
As a major event in our area it is important we support its continual success. Don’t miss out on witnessing some of the remaining dance, music and speech and drama that are about to take place, you’ll be surprised at the amount of talent that can squeeze into this space!
For further information you can contact Gail on, 3396 3286 or 0417 615 099. Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod Schedules and entry forms for next years eisteddfod will be available to download from www.wynnummanly.com.au site in November, so keep an eye out!
Eisteddfod: Speech and Drama Major prize winners 2005
This years Eisteddfod Speech and Drama section saw some great local performers performing a wide range of challenging short play, readings, individual and group works. The Eisteddfod provides young people with a great opportunity to perform and to get some valuable professional feedback on there performances. Congratulations to participants and the dedicated crew who facilitate this valuable learning experience. The Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod is a monster of an event to organize with 1000's of competitors and is gallantly taken on every year by:
Mrs. Eleanor Marzetti B.A. Hon F.H.U
Mrs. Nena Robertson
Mr. Derek Hunt
Mrs. Eleanor Marzetti B.A. Hon F.H.U.
Mrs. Eleanor Marzetti B.A. Hon F.H.U
SPEECH & DRAMA
Mrs. Margaret Redfern
Mrs. Gail Hanson
Mrs. Nena Robertson
Eisteddfod Speech and Drama Major prize winners 2005
Eisteddfod: Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod Thanks Ross Vasta MP
Gail Hanson - Dance convenor for the Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod would like to thank Ross Vasta MP for giving up some of his Sunday to visit us at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre during the group long weekend 30th of April until the 2nd of May.
We discussed the need for a performing arts complex perhaps combining a museum and art gallery. He was surprised by the audience numbers and remarked that he didn't realize the enormity of the event. His sympathy was expressed to us about the venue being inadequate to cope with such large numbers of people said that we had his full support in our endeavours to have a suitable facility.
I would also like to thank Mr Vasta for the generous donation that enabled us to purchase some much needed trophies.
The Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod Dance Section has just come to a close
Friday 29th April to Sunday 8th May. This years Dance Section saw 1000's of young performers from all over South East Queensland performing all forms of dance in 178 section including tap, ballet and jazz. This massive event brings 1000's of visitors to our area and is a fantastic opportunity for young performers to get experience and some professional critique. The Dance Eisteddfod could not have come together except for the super human effort put in by volunteers. Wynnum Manly On-Line would like to congratulate Mrs Gail Hanson Dance Convener on another great Eisteddfod. Gail says she was very happy with this years Eisteddfod with the only problem being the venue is far to small for the group dancing. Gail said the Wynnum Manly area desperately needs some sort of performing art centre. Many local dance school's have to take their performances out to Orminston or further to get a suitable venue at an affordable price.
Arch Robinson Award - Most Promising Ballet Dancer any age
Presidents Trophy - Most Promising Tap Dancer 13 years and over
Donors Trophy - Most Promising Tap Dancer 12 years and under
Hanson's Distributors - Most Promising Song and Dance Performer 12 years and under
Donors Trophy - Most Promising Song and Dance Performer 13 years and over
Betty Hill Award - Most Deserving all Rounder
Port of Brisbane Award - Most Outstanding Performer
Margaret Lucas and Janice Schoenauer Aggregate Trophy for National and Classical Sections
The Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod Dance Section has started at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre 241 Tingal Rd, Wynnum. The Eisteddfod is one of the main events in the local dancing calendar and gives young dancers and dance schools the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in the areas of ballet, jazz, and tap dance.
This year’s adjudicator Anne Marie McCormick is a Melbourne born singer dancer actress whose training has included classical, tap and jazz ballet and has been trained classically as a vocalist.
Eisteddfod: Wynnum Manly Art Eisteddfod Major Awards
The Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod Art Section was held on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at the Wynnum Gospel Chapel Youth and Community Centre 161 Preston Rd Manly West.
Below are the Major Art Awards, all results for the art section will be available soon.
Eisteddfod: Dance Section - Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod
The Dance Section of the Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod started on Friday with 100s of competitors coming from all over South East Queensland to participate. The Dance section runs until Sunday the 9th of May so get down to the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre, 241 Tingal Rd, Wynnum to see some great Jazz, Tap and Ballet, $3 will get you in the door. The Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre has recently been fitted with air conditioning and a brand new sound system making it one of the best venues in the area. You can contact the centre on 3396 9488. All Dance results will be posted on Monday 10th of May.
The Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod Started today the 29th of March at Wynnum Gospel Chapel Youth and Community Centre 161 Preston Rd, Manly West (Hall at the rear of Chapel). The competition will be run over the next couple of days to the 31st of March and judged by Jennifer McNamara-Furlong. Jennifer has a Diploma of Art and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Queensland College of Art. She worked as a Graphic Designer for 7 years and then taught at TAFE for a further 7 years. Jennifer found that working as a Graphic Designer was a great occupation and in the last few years she had the opportunity to teach – first at TAFE, then more recently as a private art teacher. There will be many prizes and art on display over the 3 days of judging so why not pop along for a look. For more information contact the art section convenor Nena Robertson on 33962524.
Eisteddfod: Speech and Drama Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod
Today was a big day for drama at the 2003 Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod. Many fine young performers gave there all with some dramatic and colourful performances. Pictured below are the winners in the Character Recital 14 and 15 years section. This section involved performing a 4 minute piece. The adjudicator for this years speech and drama is Judith Burgess L.T.C.L(Dist.T.) A.T.C.L.(Hons.P.) A.S.D.A.(Dist.T.). Judith teaches at her own Studio in Thornleigh, where students are trained in all aspects of Speech and Drama and Public Speaking. Her Teaching experience spans more than 30 years. Results for all sections will be posted as they come in Click Here!
Caprice Dancing School wins 1st place for their Romanian Dance in the National Group 12 years and under section on the Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod. It was a very busy afternoon of Jazz, Classical and National dance making it hard to find a seat during some sections. Lots of colour full costumes and talented young dances showed off their performing abilities, a result of much hard work from the student's parents and dance school teachers.
See results here!
This years Dance section will be from FRIDAY the 2nd of MAY to SUNDAY the 11th of MAY, 2003 at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre, 241 Tingal Road, Wynnum.
The Wynnum Manly Dance Eisteddfod is a great place to see up an coming talent and see what the the regions dance schools produce.
The Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod Art Section has had over 700 entries this year from ages 6 to Grade 12. Everyone is enjoying the new venue, the Gospel Hall, while Guardian Angels could not accommodate us this year because of renovations. See Results of the Art Section
Wynnum Manly On-Line is proud to be supporting the promotion and results publication of the Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod and we are looking foward to the Music, Dance, Speech and Drama Sections still to come.