It was a bittersweet moment for Elly Haksteeg on Monday as she danced her last solos in the Dubbo Eisteddfod.
The Senior Championships were held throughout the day, followed by the Local Scholarship and the Scholarship Dance Off.
For Elly, it was the last time she would dance a solo in an Eisteddfod.
Speaking before the Local Scholarship section, Elly said she was nervous but excited about her ballet performance.
“I get anxious and nervous but once I’m on stage I’m fine,” she said.
The performer has been dancing since she was three-years-old and doing solos in the eisteddfod since she was six.
“I just love that feeling of letting go and feeling accomplished when I dance,” Elly said.
She said she loved being in control of her body when she was doing ballet and knowing everything was in the perfect position.
However, while she’s saying goodbye to eisteddfods – not including an upcoming group dance with Dubbo Ballet Studio at the Sydney Eisteddfod – Elly is not saying goodbye to dancing.
After finishing school, Elly said she hoped to start dancing professionally, with either a ballet or contemporary company.
“I never wanted to leave the studio but as I’ve gotten older I know I have to go out and explore, I can’t stay here in Dubbo,” Elly said.
It was fun dancing in eisteddfods, she said, but it was also time to move on.
Elly was awarded second place in the Senior Ballet Championship by adjudicator David Mack and third in the Senor Jazz Championship.
Orange dance student Ruby Duffy was the winner of the Senior Jazz Championship.
It was a great way to celebrate four days of almost non-stop dancing, Ruby said.
With a mother as a dance teacher, Ruby said she has danced all her life.
“I love it. I go out there and give it 110 per cent, I put in all of my effort,” she said.
Ruby said sometimes the effort paid off and she placed in the section, but even when it didn’t she knew she had given it her all.
Second place in the Senior Jazz Championship 15 years and over was awarded to Winter Rosengreen from Griffith while highly commended was given to Emma Duffy and Holli Hill.
The speech and drama program begins on Tuesday.