Port Stephens Dancer Runner Up at Royal Academy of Dance Isobel Anderson Awards 2018

Robyn Yvette under 10 dancers in costume for the Ooh La La Eisteddfod.
Robyn Yvette under 10 dancers in costume for the Ooh La La Eisteddfod.


BAY dancer Josie Byrnes has been awarded runner-up in the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance Isobel Anderson Memorial Awards.

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The Isobel Anderson Memorial Awards celebrate the dance career of Isobel Anderson and her achievements with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Isobel’s dance performances include a principal role with Tamara Tchinorova, Valentin Zeglovsky and Audrae Swayne in a performance of Les Sylphides staged by Helene Kirsova, who had danced with Col. De Basil’s Ballet Russe.

Miss Anderson chaired the RAD NSW Regional Advisory Panel for 25 years and became its Patron.

Bay local, Josie, competed against five other dancers from the State of New South Wales in the Intermediate Grade finals showing her talent, ability and high technical standard achieved under the tutelage of the Robyn Yvette Dance Centre and that the Bay certainly has great talent and ability to train competitive dancers with wonderful technical merit.

Lance Woods for Robyn Yvette Dance Centre told the News Of The Area, “We are so proud of Josie and her achievement at the Royal Academy of Dance Awards, and of course our other dancers who also competed on the same weekend at the Ooh La La Dance Eisteddfod at Salamander Bay.”

He believes that the achievements from the eisteddfod were simply excellent.

“The local Bay dancers took out 1st Place in the 14/Under Jazz, Variety, Modern and Classical Groups; 1st Place in the 12/Under Variety, Modern, Classical groups; 1st Place in the 10/Under Classical and Jazz groups; and a second place in the 12/Under jazz groups,” he said.

The studio is now getting ready for other dance eisteddfods coming up.




Josie Byrnes at the Isobel Anderson Awards.
Josie Byrnes at the Isobel Anderson Awards.

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