Sonyia Walsh, the adjudicator for the novice and group dance sections of the 2019 Taree and District Eisteddfod, is a well known international adjudicator of all genres.
She has had a long professional career as a teacher of the Royal Academy of Dancing, professional dancer with the National Theatre and South Australian Ballet Companies, plus she also performed professionally in various musical theatre productions, pantomimes and television performances.
Sonyia has training in Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing/LGTDA Newcastle Tap/FATD, Contemporary, hip hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz and much more.
She has conducted many workshops and worked alongside several industry professionals such as several well known commercial choreographers, in both The Australian and The Royal Ballet, Sydney Dance Companies, Tap Dogs, various hip hop crews to name a few.
Teaching for 35 years, Sonyia has taught students from two years of age through to full time and at professional levels.
Sonyia has entered students in grades and major exams with 100 per cent success record.
She has conducted several workshops, auditions and scholarship awards and her past students are currently working as industry professionals and have been accepted into several ballet companies worldwide.
Sonyia has choreographed several full productions such as The Nutcracker, Copellia, Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat, Moulin Rouge, Wizard of OZ, Grease and Cats.
She owns her own studio and is highly sought after for adjudicating, private coaching, workshops and relief teaching.
Her past students that she mentored are now overseas in various companies, performing on cruise ships, acting in movies and TV series etc.
With her vast experience and knowledge, plus having a huge network of industry based professionals, this provides opportunity for her to help dancers embark on developing their careers to the next level.
Sonyia was an adjudicator for Hollywood Bound National Dance Championships and also the Showcase National Dance Championships, in New Zealand and Australia, which are the qualifier for the Dancers World Cup.
Her reports are full of constructive advice and positive feedback for the competitors.
The novice dance sections run from May 18 to 24 and the dance group weekend starts the evening of May 24 and finishes May 26, at the Manning Entertainment Centre.
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