Group dances up a storm

BREAK A LEG: Gatton group Dance Force get ready to hit the stage and give it their all.
BREAK A LEG: Gatton group Dance Force get ready to hit the stage and give it their all.

FROM humble beginnings with just a handful of contestants 30 years ago, the Lockyer District Dancing Festival attracted thousands of competitors last weekend.

Contestants from all over south-east Queensland, the Gold Coast and western Queensland performed at the Lockyer Valley Shire Hall in all disciplines of dance from jazz, tap and contemporary dance through to ballet in group competition representing their own dance clubs and studios.

The eisteddfod started in 1981 in the hall at the Lockyer Valley High School by local dance identity Sharon Cois and as interest from competitors grew, a progression of competition organisers saw the event blossom into the huge event it is today.

Thirty years of competition have seen Peggy Robins, Fay Hauser, Tamara Harm, Carol Tattam, Sharon Weatherby, Linsey Groves and Donna Pool organise thousands of dancers at the eisteddfod, some of whom have gone on to bigger things, including Gatton girl Melissa Tattum who went on to perform with the Queensland Ballet.

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