2014 eisteddfod's final bow

Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance students in the Open Classical Ballet Group open age section of the Taree and District Eisteddfod. Pictured are Colleen Connelly, Joanna Drake, Taylah Hockey, Shaye Whitton, Nathalie Massin, Mikayla Atkins, Tanaya Wrigley and Bianca Heiss.

Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance students in the Open Classical Ballet Group open age section of the Taree and District Eisteddfod. Pictured are Colleen Connelly, Joanna Drake, Taylah Hockey, Shaye Whitton, Nathalie Massin, Mikayla Atkins, Tanaya Wrigley and Bianca Heiss.

THIS Saturday's Taree and District Eisteddfod grand concerts are going to be "brilliant, as usual", according to eisteddfod secretary Margaret Rogers.

The showcase puts the spotlight on the top performers from across the five-week program, with championship and scholarship winners from vocal, piano, instrumental/electric, speech/ drama, dance and choirs invited to perform by concert coordinator Gillian Herbert.

Margaret, who is also a co-coordinator of the eisteddfod's dance section, is looking forward to increased dance content this year as there have been many acceptances.

Dance Elite from Forster, which won several firsts over group weekend as well as the Clare Squires Memorial Smile Scholarship (a monetary prize which allows dance schools to make improvements to their schools, buy costumes etc) will perform at one of the two concerts.

"The school did very well. As much as we love seeing the outside dancers we also like to see local schools winning.

"Group weekend (May 24 and 25) was the best dancing I've ever seen. It was absolutely brilliant. It was good to see the kids out there they have so much energy."

On the whole though, she said the talent audiences will see at the grand concerts is wonderful.

"It will be top entertainment again."

The eisteddfod started on April 22, with the competition side wrapping up on Wednesday of this week.

The grand concerts will be staged at the Manning Entertainment Centre this Saturday, May 31, at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Movies, Games and More in Victoria Street, Taree, and through the Manning Entertainment Centre website.

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