THE curtain closed on the Sunraysia Daily Mildura Eisteddfod yesterday for another year.
Hundreds of young performers took part in the 35th annual eisteddfod and thousands of their family members and friends turned out in support.
Mildura Eisteddfod Society president John Bowditch said they had some of the best adjudicators on board this year, helping to encourage competitors to become better, more confident performers.
For visiting dance adjudicator Tibor Horvath, it’s all about inspiring young people to continue to dance.
In December last year he started his own ballet school in Sydney called Studio Tibor and is working to produce professional classical ballet and contemporary dancers.
Mr Horvath surprised the audience on Saturday by announcing he would award scholarships for a few students to visit his school and train with his students for a week.
Mildura Ballet and Dance Guild students Ebony Cavallaro, Meg Green, Sebastien Thys, Nicole Pileggi, Charlotte Ordynski, Harper Banks, Gabriella Millen, Sean Schilling and Broken Hill dancer Hayley Sherrard were chosen to receive a scholarship.
“Because I believe they are doing so well here, I wanted to give my own scholarship,” Mr Horvath said.
“I want to give a scholarship to dancers I believe have the opportunity to become professional ballet dancers in the future.
“My school is all about inspiring dancers.
“We have about 12 full-time students between the age of 14 and 18, who are there from 8am to 4pm with about 30 minutes break.
“And we have six teachers who have been professional ballet dancers around the world.
“We are very strict at the school, but at the same time it’s important to inspire them to keep going.”
Mr Horvath moved to Australia five years ago after giving up a professional career with the Finnish National Ballet Company.
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