47th City of Dubbo Eisteddfod: artists excel in symphony of dance

CHANCE TO LET IT GO: Dancers warming up ahead of the solo jazz improvisation section on Thursday morning. Imogen Hope (second from left) said it was a chance to "do whatever you want". Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

CHANCE TO LET IT GO: Dancers warming up ahead of the solo jazz improvisation section on Thursday morning. Imogen Hope (second from left) said it was a chance to "do whatever you want". Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Channelling their nerves into energy was the key for dancers in the solo jazz improvisation – 11 and 12 years on Thursday.

The section asked dancers to create a routine on the spot to the song Symphony by Clean Bandit. 19 performers took up the challenge.

Adjudicator Drew Anthony joked the performances had been so strong, it was as if they girls had practised.

ALL SMILES: Caitlin McCarthy had the challenging task of kicking off the Improvisation - Jazz solo 11 and 12 years only on Thursday. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

ALL SMILES: Caitlin McCarthy had the challenging task of kicking off the Improvisation - Jazz solo 11 and 12 years only on Thursday. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

“There were some really cool things there,” Mr Anthony said.

“The strong improvisations are the ones that respond to the phrasing in the music.”

Lily Woods, Maddison Field and Matilda Backus took out first, second and third respectively, while Lauren Nielsen and Sasha Zhou were Highly Commended. Kate Suttor earned a special encouragement award.

Orange Public School’s Imogen Hope – another strong performer – said she loved how freeing improvisation was.

“It gives you an extra skill set,” she said. “You can sort of do whatever you want!”