TINY STEPS: From the first steps on to the stage to perform, eisteddfod is a positive experience for many young dancers.
TINY STEPS: From the first steps on to the stage to perform, eisteddfod is a positive experience for many young dancers. Valerie Horton

LETTER: Stage alive with young dancers at Brolga

FOR the past three days the stage of The Brolga Theatre has been alive with the sound of happy, happy feet.

The inaugural Maryborough Dance Eisteddfod has been an outstanding success and congratulations must be extended to president Irene Smith and the dance eisteddfod team.

Sadly, we often hear negative reports about the younger generation. I have no negative report here.

Dance is such a positive pursuit with so many benefits.

In addition to the highly physical activity, becoming a dancer is highly social, helping children with emotional, communication and movement skills.

A sense of music and rhythm go hand in hand with these skills.

There is also an awareness of heritage and culture of our own and other places.

The Maryborough Eisteddfod was established in 1903 and is a tradition which still continues proudly.

Over the weekend dance groups travelled from up and down the coast and from our hinterland to compete here.

I feel confident this competition will gain a reputation of being the one to be in, given the efficient and effective management.

The experience of being able to dance on the stage of our Brolga Theatre is also such a plus.

Dancers require lots of practice, focus and dedication.

The participants in this dance eisteddfod showed abundant evidence of these skills.

The tiniest dancer who stands on stage the first time and is dazzled by the lights, the costumes and the excitement will grow up with memories of a first-hand experience in the performing arts.

This experience will no doubt develop to an appreciation of all the arts and our tiny dancer will become a valuable member of our community.

ROBIN HINRICKS

Maryborough