Nerves were danced away by the excitement of the Wagga Eisteddfod this week.
The rustle of tulle could almost be heard across the city as more than 1000 children across three states brought their dancing shoes and vocals to the 17th May Festival.
Productions kicked off on Tuesday, showcasing the rising talents of regional youth from Canberra through to Wodonga and celebrating all genres and styles of dance.
Dancer Maleekah Erington, 7, said she practiced twice every day in the lead-up to her classic, Demi, tap, jazz and lyrical performances on Tuesday.
“We’ve been dancing and having fun,” she said. “Being on the stage is the best.”
Dance convener and Wagga citizen of the year Di Jacobson said it was great for very young dancers to have fun and gain confidence and it was also good for the older students to continue coming along to compete in the travelling tournament.
“It’s great for children when they get on stage,” Ms Jacobson said.
“It gets them to do their own thing.”
Ms Jacobson invited the region’s residents to attend any session of the May Festival Eisteddfod at the Wagga Showground from Tuesday, May 16 to Sunday May, 21.
Entries for the 97th September Eisteddfod close in June.