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Dance Comp winners for 2018

We congratulate Keith Wood twice over, for his 2 winning entries in this year's competition. His winning dances were the GREEN APPLE QUICKSTEP, & EUREKA.

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TSDAV Dance Composers' Competition 2018

The TSDAV Dance Composers' Competition was held at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter. The event again occupied 1 ½ hours on the new and expanded Piazza, from 9:30 on the Monday morning.

Our judges this year were Sheree Greenhill, Roger Gifford and Judith Bailie, and the presenters Paul Wayper and Don Richmond.

The dances this year were as varied and challenging as in previous events, with a keen and capable set of dancers ready to tackle the new Australian dances which were presented, danced and judged anonymously. Comments from the dancers and judges were collected with names of the devisors unknown and only announced after the judges had made and announced their decisions.

Paul presented four dances: Myer Christmas Windows by Margaret Crichton, The Rosny Waltz by Kathy Potter, Eureka by Keith Wood and Pavane 21 by John Carroll. The first three were written with this year’s National Folk Festival featured states in mind.                                            

Don then presented the four other dances: Hilarity Two by Norm Ellis, Distant Hens by Kathy Potter, Green Apple Quickstep by Keith Wood, and Ladies of the Cross by Gary King. These last two were written with this year’s National Folk Festival featured states in mind, and the first using a trad Aussie tune.

The judges pronounced the Beatrice Klippel Memorial Trophy for General Social Dance should go to Keith Wood of Baulkham Hills for his Green Apple Quickstep, and the VFMC Perpetual Trophy for dances for more Experienced Dancers should go to Keith also, for Eureka, an advanced dance which showed the most enjoyment.  Kathy Potter’s dance Distant Hens was pronounced a close runner-up.           

George Ansell announced the winners of the competition in the Farewell Concert in the Budawang on the Monday evening, presenting the trophies to Keith Wood.

- George Ansell was the MC for the event.