Dance. Glitter and sequins glistened in the spotlight at the 50th Burnie City Eisteddfod recently.
Inpulse Dance and Fitness students were among those to illuminate the stage and mesmerise judges and audience members.
“I’m extremely proud,” says Inpulse owner Trudi Hine.
“There’s a lot of hard work and commitment that goes into this, lots of extra work for the girls outside of the studio.
“To be competitive and come away with this kind of success, we couldn’t do that if the girls didn’t have a passion for dance.”
Inpulse dancers graced the stage with close to 30 entries throughout the week, taking several placings and earning a number of honourable mentions.
Giving an outstanding second placed performance in Restricted Jazz Solo Under 14, Taya Schuuring, 12, impressed judges to earn the Leeanne Young Memorial Trophy for Most Promising Jazz Dancer Under 14.
In her second year performing at the annual eisteddfod, Taya has flourished.
“I’ve improved a lot, I didn’t have a lot of confidence last year but I’ve definitely improved.”
Taya also performed alongside close friends Leah Odgers, 12, and Kaylah Bishop, 12, in Neo Classical Trio Under 14, placing first.
Kaylah, who has been dancing since she was six and performing in competitions for three years now, says knowing Taya and Leah so well allowed the routine to flow smoothly.
Placing third in Restricted Jazz Solo Under 12, Kaylah says dancing to “Dance Like Your Daddy” by Meghan Trainor allowed her to express some attitude in her movements.
“I had to be really sassy, happy and cheery for the judges to notice me.”
Leah, who has also been dancing since she was six, made her solo debut at this year’s competition.
“I’m really proud and happy with my performance,” she says.
“I’m proud of everyone, they all went out there and had a go. I love going up there and watching all the dancers and supporting my teammates, it’s always a really good experience.”
An impressive debut performance, Leah placed first in Restricted Jazz Solo Under 12 dancing to “Like the Living Dead” by Ms Triniti.
Taking to the stage together in their first Burnie City Eisteddfod close to a decade ago, Chelsea Poke, 15 and Imogen Wigg, 15, shared this experience once again this year.
Placing first in Restricted Funk Solo Under 16, Imogen danced to “New Thang” by Redfoo while Chelsea performed to “Read All About It” by Emeli Sande placing third in Neo Classical Solo Under 15.
Mentoring the dancers alongside fellow teacher Sue Thrower, Trudi says she has seen improvement in all her students.
“The addition of acro this year has had massive benefits for the girls with those added elements into the routines.
“We’re trying to continually step the studio up to the next level. That’s what I’m about, giving our girls the best opportunities to be competitive and have that competition experience and enjoy dancing.”