Local schools achieved fantastic results at the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge (BPAC) Eisteddfod school competition between June 16 and June 19, 2022.
See the results from each school below.
Forest Lake State High School
1st place was awarded to FLSHS in the Varsity Hip-Hop and Junior Hip-Hop categories, as well as a student-choreographed routine by Tia and Sandy.
2nd place was awarded to their entries for Junior Contemporary, Senior Contemporary, and Senior Musical Theatre.
3rd place was awarded to a student-choreographed piece by Piper, a student-choreographed piece by students Isobel, Lola, Sarah, Queenie and Angelina, and Mega Crew.
Very Highly Commended awards were given to the school’s entries for Junior Musical Theatre, Junior Hip Hop, and Senior Jazz.
Forest Lake State High School dance program of excellence coordinator Laura McNally said the BPAC eisteddfod was a great opportunity to connect with other schools in a community environment.
“The thing I love about working with these students is they’re just so passionate and energetic onstage – all of them give it their all whenever they perform,” she said.
“I love to watch my students outside of the school environment be supportive of one another and helpful, and create a really nice team that everyone can be proud of.”
St John’s Anglican College
The St John’s Anglican College Middle School Dance troupe was awarded 3rd Place in Contemporary and a Very Highly Commended award in Jazz.
The Year 6 Dance Ensemble also competed in the Junior School Jazz Section of the BPAC competition.
“A big congratulations and well done to the Year 6 Dance Ensemble … the dancers performed with so much energy and enthusiasm, we are so proud of you all,” said the College via Facebook.
St John’s Year 8 student Neve was also awarded the BPAC 2022 Intermediate Acting & Drama Scholarship.
“Neve, we love to see you shine – well done,” said the College.
St John’s Anglican College performing arts teacher aide Anna-lise Walker said the students performed with great energy and enthusiasm.
“Their weeks of rehearsals and commitment have shone through with amazing performances,” she said.
Forest Lake State School
Forest Lake State School took 60 students to BPAC and competed in the Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop genres.
“Congratulations FLSS Dance Academy – it was tough competition,” said the school via Facebook.
Third place was awarded to the school’s Year 6 Jazz piece.
Highly Commended Awards were given to the school’s Year 6 Contemporary piece and the Boys Crew Hip-Hop piece.
FLSS also received a special Most Promising School award.
Forest Lake State School dance coordinator Alexandra Hegerty said the students had shown improvement in their dance technique and performance skills.
“We are very proud of our FLSS Academy of Dance students and the high level of commitment that students have shown,” she said.
“It is lovely to see so many different schools coming to the event and enjoying the world of competitive dance. This year’s standard was very high, with schools from all around Brisbane and the Gold Coast attending.”
Grand Avenue State School
Grand Avenue State School competed in the Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-Hop categories.
The school achieved a Very Highly Commended award for their Hip-Hop routine.
Grand Avenue State School arts & dance teacher Elizabeth Broad said the dancers enjoyed being together as a team, seeing other schools perform, and being able to perform onstage.
“The students did an amazing job considering most were at their very first competition. They were very excited,” she said.
“Dancing on stage also helps increase their self-confidence.”