Competitors warming up for Wollongong Eisteddfod, Australia's second oldest

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FINAL Dance results:

Dance sections CLICK HERE

General sections CLICK HERE

RESULTS – Dance July 1 – July 7 CLICK HERE

It’s all about dance at the pointy end of the Wollongong Eisteddfod 2017.

Dance Troupes took over the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre over the weekend, with solos to continue through the week.

Schools from throughout the Illawarra, Dubbo, the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and southern Sydney took part in the troupes section this year.

The weekend featured 300 performances from 22 studios, spanning genres such as jazz, modern expressive, tap and classical ballet. Competitors ranged in age from six and under to 18. 

All dance categories will be performed at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, tickets sold via www.wollongongeisteddfod.com.au

RESULTS Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Wednesday June 21 and Thursday June 22 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Thursday June 15 to Saturday June 17 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Monday June 12 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Weekend June 10 and 11 CLICK HERE

“That now completes the vocals sections and we get to have a week off,” Eisteddfod president Tony Purdon said.

“Reconvening up at the Conservatorium next Saturday for the Intermediate and Senior Piano.”

RESULTS Thursday June 1 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Wednesday May 31 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Tuesday May 30 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Monday May 29 CLICK HERE

RESULTS Saturday May 27 & Sunday May 28 CLICK HERE

2017 Operatic ARIA Winners Wollongong Eisteddfod - James Young, Jessical Harper, Juliette Moon. Picture: Supplied

2017 Operatic ARIA Winners Wollongong Eisteddfod - James Young, Jessical Harper, Juliette Moon. Picture: Supplied

Monday May 29

It’s been a big year for Keiraville Public School student Piper Farrell.

The 12-year-old was offered a featured artist spot in the upcoming Southern Stars production, she was offered a place at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts in their music program for 2018 and she won two of three sections at her first ever Wollongong Eisteddfod on Monday.

Piper Farrell from Keiraville after winning the 12 years and under Country Music Solo section of the Wollongong Eisteddfod on Monday May 29. Picture: Robert Peet

Piper Farrell from Keiraville after winning the 12 years and under Country Music Solo section of the Wollongong Eisteddfod on Monday May 29. Picture: Robert Peet

Saturday May 27

For young singers, dancers, musicians and other performers, entering into an eisteddfod is a true test of ability.

Until July 9 Wollongong will be abuzz with hairspary, sequins and stacatto notes for the 123rd Wollongong Eisteddfod – the second oldest in the country.

Opera singer Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 24, from West Wollongong was one of the first competitors in May and has been competiting since she was eight years old.

STARS IN HER EYES: Opera singer Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 24, from Wollongong has been entering the Wollongong Eisteddfod since she was 8. Picture: Sylvia Liber

STARS IN HER EYES: Opera singer Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 24, from Wollongong has been entering the Wollongong Eisteddfod since she was 8. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Her biggest tip for any first-timers entering the Wollongong Eisteddfod is to erform from the heart.

“There’s a real power and beauty to be found when you’re feeling the music … you can’t go wrong if you’re doing that,” Miss Malfitano said.

Performers will compete in classical vocal, musical theatre, piano, wind instruments, strings instrumental ensembles, verse speaking and drama, dance troups and dance solos.

Venues include Wesley Church and Auditorium, Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.

This story Wollongong Eisteddfod 2017 results first appeared on Illawarra Mercury.