All We Hear About Are The Eisteddfod Kids
Eisteddfod, eisteddfod, eisteddfod! That’s all anyone hears about! What’s so special about the eisteddfod kids?
You hear lots about our eisteddfod team, because they spend lots of time at dance. Being part of the Eisteddfod Team, takes up many hours of the week. It is a huge commitment. It means taking a number of compulsory classes, at least 7. These being, at least two ballet classes per week, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Musical Theatre and the Eisteddfod group class. Then there are the private lessons to learn and rehearse solos, duos etc. This adds up to many hours at dance.
Eisteddfod Kids Spend Lots Of Time At Dance
When you spend many hours at the dance studio, you spend many hours with your Teachers. Therefore you get to know each other on a different level. Eisteddfod kids, find that their teachers can be very picky and hard on them at times. This is because they want their students to be the best they can be. Being soft and making excuses, won’t win any prizes. As I have said before in the blog “Motivating the Comp Team”. there are no Fairies in dance (the delicate, sparkly type creatures).
Spending Time With Your Teachers
Kids who do eisteddfod solos, work one-on-one with their Teachers. At our studio, we teach as a team of three, so it is actually 3 on one. That can be a bit daunting to start with, but eventually the students figure out, we are very different creatures on Saturday, at eisteddfod rehearsals. Between bouts of being picky and being hard on them, there are many moments of sheer madness and craziness. I mean this in the most humorous of ways. You try teaching for 8 hours on a Saturday and see how ‘sane’ you are!
As Teachers, we do enjoy working with the eisteddfod kids. We relax a lot and have fun with them. They find out we are quite human, if not at all ‘normal’. Sometimes, I think this comes as a shock to students. But it needs to be fun, for all of us, or it isn’t worth the time.
The one-on-one rehearsals, make better dancers. Those times when the kids are made to do the same step over and over and over, until they get it just the way it should be, makes them improve so much quicker than other students. This intensive learning experience makes students advance before our eyes. If only every student could have private lessons every week. We would need another 6 days per week, to fit them in.
Time Together At Comps
These students spend time at comps with their team and their teachers. Sometimes we all stay in the same hotel and it is a great team bonding experience. We spend time together between performances and students come and watch and support their follow dancers. The photo opportunities are endless. Like when you lock yourself out of your room!
Eisteddfod kids are always in costume at comps, so this makes for chances for great photos to use to promote our dance school. Who doesn’t love a beautiful costume. Parents spend a fortune on these costumes, so the more time they can be seen in them, the better. Eisteddfod kids love to dress up and pose for the camera. Let’s face it, we are all ruled by the number of likes we can get on Instagram, aren’t we?
We Would Rather Be At Dance
We find that the eisteddfod kids just want to be at dance. On Saturdays, Parents will come to pick their dancer up between maybe solos rehearsal and group rehearsal. They don’t want to go. It is more fun staying with their friends at dance. The students have so much fun together in the waiting room, sometimes I think this is the real reason they do eisteddfod. Eisteddfod kids make great friendships that will be long-lasting. They make friends with the whole team, from young to the ‘big’ girls. This bond is so lovely to see, older girls mentoring the younger ones and the younger ones looking up to the older ones. Sometimes we see the younger ones, pushing the older ones to improve as well.
Eisteddfod Kids Love Dance
Kids that do eisteddfod, are OBSESSED with dance. They live, eat and breathe it. These kids practice non-stop, are always dancing or they are asleep. Time is take up by following dancers on Instagram, watching and being inspired. They have sooo many dance outfits, but because they are always at dance, they get to wear them all.
It’s Not Cheap
Parents may note, this is not a cheap hobby. Take on another job, if your child wants to do eisteddfod. Tutus are expensive, anywhere between $200 – $1000. No, I am not kidding. But as I have said, who doesn’t love a beautiful costume. Costumes are part of the reason dancers love eisteddfod. Then there is the make-up and hair. Rehearsals, routines and entries to comps also cost money.
So you can see, there is an awful lot that goes into eisteddfod. The kids get so much out of it. We can talk about that another time. Anyone is able to be part of our eisteddfod group and benefit from being in the team, it just takes heaps of time and commitment. (That’s yet another topic we can explore). So next time you see another photo of our eisteddfod kids and groan, just remember, they give the time and are committed, they deserve all the recognition they get.