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Dance peformers win perfect score with `Die Another Day` routine

28-Apr-2004 • Die Another Day

A troupe of Dubbo dancers with a perfect track record has been beaten at the Newcastle Eisteddfod - by themselves, reports the Daily Liberal (UK).

The dancers from Dubbo Ballet Studio performed their highly acclaimed Die Another Day jazz piece, which had previously scored 100/100 at the Bathurst Eisteddfod and won several titles throughout the state.

But the unbeatable was beaten, by the same Dubbo Ballet Studio performers who danced their hearts out to Die Another Day.

They entered a second performance called Dance! in the open jazz section to Jamiroquai's high energy song Canned Heat.

Dance! took out first prize, and Die Another Day came in second.

"Newcastle Eisteddfod is one of the biggest and most competitive in the State, so we were blown away by the one, two result," Dubbo Ballet Studio principal Anna Gardner said.

"We have been going over to Newcastle to compete for a few years, so we knew we were against some of Australia's best dance schools and top performers.

"It's great because we can see what standard is out there, and we can strive to meet and surpass that standard."

Die Another Day was performed to theme music from the James Bond film of the same name.

Ms Gardner said it was a high-intensity dance that required the performers to have lots of strength, energy and endurance.

"Dance! is a lot funkier and it is a very entertaining piece," Ms Gardner said.

"It is a definite crowd-pleaser and the young people love performing it."

When the winner for open jazz was announced Ms Gardner said they all "had a bit of a scream" before it started to sink in they had beaten the studios from Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and the Central Coast.

"At first we were all in shock - they had beaten themselves - we didn't go with any expectations and we certainly didn't think that would happen."

The adjudicator commented on the superior standard of the Dubbo dancers, saying they were "focused, well-trained, disciplined and very tight".

"The adjudicator said the stand-out element was how together they were - he said he hadn't seen a jazz group with better timing in a long time."

Thanks to `Ken` for the alert.

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