Clean sweep for local talent

 

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

• Chelsea May has claimed first prize in seven categories of dance at the recent City of Dubbo Eisteddfod, as well as winning the Adjudicator’s Choice Award for Most Promising Under 12 Lyrical Dancer. The talented 12-year-old dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

The talented 12-year-old competed in modern, jazz and contemporary dance, coming away with seven first places and an Adjudicator’s Choice award.

The only solo competition she entered and did not win was the Entertainment/Variety performance, where she placed third against entrants as much as eight years her senior.

“It is the first year she has competed in the Improvisation and Championships categories, so she was so excited to win,” she proud mum, Tracie.

Incredibly, Chelsea has been dancing for just four years. Already she dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

From 10 to 14 June, she competed in the improvisation and Championships for both jazz and modern, as well as doing solo performances in contemporary, jazz and modern – winning them all.

She also competed in two group performances, alongside younger sister Josie and another Condobolin girl, Baileigh Honeysett. The group received a Highly Commended for their modern routine.

Each performance has to have a unique routine – and an individualised costume.

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

• Josie May won her solo modern dance performance at the Dubbo Eisteddfod. Contributed

“We spent five days in Dubbo with 15 outfits,” Tracie said.

However, this is only the start of the sacrifices parents Tracie and Steven have made to support their daughter’s ambitions.

“In the past six months, we have converted a room in our house into a dance studio,” Tracie said.

“It used to be a bar room with floating floors.

“The pool table got sold, we put mirrors on the walls and her grandfather made a giant ladder which is on the wall for her to use to stretch.

“I think that has really helped her to do so well this year.”

Chelsea spends up to four hours a day practicing in her in-home dance studio, in addition to doing a whole day of dance classes in Forbes every Saturday.

While Chelsea’s younger sister, Josie, does not share her sister’s dreams of dancing professionally, she also competed at the Dubbo Eisteddfod and won her solo performance.

“She entered into the Restricted Modern Solo section for 9 and 10 year olds,” Tracie explained.

“She was really excited – that is the first time she has placed first.”

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

• Condobolin girls Chelsea and Josie May and Baileigh Honeysett with their fellow dancers. The group received a Highly Commended for their modern routine. Contributed

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