Dance Directory December 2021 Issue 4

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Dance Directory december 2021, issue 4

2022 SUMMER WORKSHOPS

NEW TALENT TIANA COSTANZO

DANCER SIMONA STRUGA

Holly McGeachy

INTRODUCING 2022 AMBASSADORS


CONTENTS

04 2022 Summer Workshops

13 Dance Directory

43 2022 Ambassadors Welcome to the new team

09 Tiana Costanzo New Talent Graduate ED5

24 Simona Struga Dancer Dancing with Idiopathic Scoliosis

49 2021 Ambassador Recipes

DANCE DIRECTORY ISSUE 4


FROM DANCEAUS CONNECT

MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS AND WISHES COME TRUE

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ACT

VIC

14 Jan NXTGEN Project 15 Jan The Tap Project Tour

3 Jan Australian Ballet School 7 Jan Ballarat Dance Awards 8 Jan Australian Ballet School 10 Jan Leonies Academy of Dance 10 Jan The Gift Workshop - Ministry of Dance 13 Jan Victorian Dance Academy 14 Jan The Extension Ballet Studio 17 Jan ELS School of Dance 17 Jan Victorian State Ballet 19 Jan Australian Tap Dance Festival 20 Jan Rechel Jane Vocal - Musical Theatre 21 Jan Richardson Dance Studio

SA 10 Jan RAD Dance Fest 22 24 Jan So Fresh Dance Camp 28 Jan The Tap Project Tour 6 Feb Rebecca Davies & Bling Chorey

TAS 3 Jan Hobart Dance Academy 5 Jan Jeninas Dance Workshop 24 Jan House of Dance 25 Jan NXTGEN Project

WA 10 Jan South West Dance Intensity 17 Jan Perth School of Ballet 17 Jan Pevnev Ballet Academy 23 Jan Broadway Boot Camp

QLD 2 Jan Classical Coaching Australia 3 Jan Queensland National Ballet 4 Jan Brisbane City Youth Ballet 5 Jan Coastal Dance 10 Jan Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy 10 Jan Australasian Dance Collective 10 Jan Advance Summer School 10 Jan En Pointe Dance Centre 10 Jan Queensland Ballet 12 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Gold Coast 12 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Brisbane 17 Jan Adrenaline Dance Performing Arts 17 Jan Strictly Dance 17 Jan Creative Academy of PA (CAPA) 17 Jan Queensland Ballet 21 Jan Bling Choreography


NSW 4 Jan Sydney Dance Company 4 Jan Dream Dance Co 5 Jan Prudence Caldwell Coaching 5 Jan Bling Choreography 8 Jan NXTGEN Project - Newcastle 8 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Central 8 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Newcastle 10 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Coffs 10 Jan Prudence Caldwell Coaching 10 Jan Brent Street 10 Jan Wil Sabin Entertainment 10 Jan Boys Summer School 11 Jan The Dream Dance Co 13 Jan Karen Ireland Dance Centre 14 Jan Prudence Caldwell Coaching 15 Jan Newcastle Ballet Theatre 16 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Wollongong 16 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Sydney 17 Jan Acropals 17 Jan The Dream Dance Co 17 Jan Ballet Workshops Australia 17 Jan Brent Street 17 Jan National College of Dance 17 Jan The Dream Experience

18 Jan Dance on Q 18 Jan Austinmer Dance Theatre 18 The McDonald College - Back to Ballet 18 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Dubbo 18 Jan The Tap Project Tour - Bathurst 18 Jan International Summer School 18 Jan Burns Bay Dance Solutions 18 Jan The Dream Dance Co 18 Jan Transit Dance 18 Jan Shire Summer Dance Workshop KRS 19 Jan Ablaze Dance Academy 19 Jan Electric Safari 20 Jan Elite Performance Studio 20 Jan Tanya Pearson Academy 20 Jan NXTGEN Project 22 Jan Ballet Brothers 24 Jan Transit Dance 27 Jan Tanya Pearson Academy 28 Jan Elite Performance studio 19 Feb NXTGEN Teaser Bathurst


4 years & over - (2-5pm) 19/12, 19/01

11-13yrs - (2-4.30pm) 15/01, 20/01, 22/01

8-10yrs (10.30-1pm) 15/01, 20/01, 22/01


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NEW TALENT: TIANA COSTANZO Garduate ED5 PHOTO SUPPLIED


TIANA COSTANZO I started my dance career differently than most, with Calisthenics at the age of 2. It wasn’t until I was 8 I did a term of tap and ballet however, funnily enough I didn’t really enjoy it. It wasn’t until I started doing jazz and hip hop that I really fell in love with dance. I was fortunate enough that my Mum loved dance as well so in 2012 she took over AVV Calisthenics club and introduced dance. From a young age I always knew I wanted to perform. If you asked anyone who knew me what I wanted to do when I grow up, it was always a “dancer, singer and actor”. From the age of 12 I really started to grow my dance vocabulary and learnt to become versatile by doing all styles including ballet, even though it was not my strongest style. I loved performing solos as well as doing troupes and duos/trios. Between the age of 12 and 17 I was heavily involved in competitions. I loved comps and wanted to enter every single one that came to Adelaide. Throughout the years I ended up having 4 knee surgeries however, I didn’t let these setbacks bring me down. It only made me stronger, more courageous, and more determined to make my dream of becoming a professional performer a reality. As my love for dance grew so did my passion for teaching children. Helping mentor my students into the artists they can become was my favourite part about being a teacher. Not only was I able to nurture them through dance I was able to create a special bond which is kept for a lifetime. The more teaching and dancing I did, it made me realise that Adelaide doesn’t have as many opportunities as the Eastern States. Being from Adelaide I knew that it was up to me to create my own connections with people in the industry and not rely solely on my talent. I took every opportunity to go to workshops when interstate and international choreographers came over – I absolutely loved doing these workshops. I also then ran my own workshops in Adelaide where I organised leading industry professionals (such as Lauren Elton, Blake John Wood, Paris Cavanagh and many more) to come over and give Adelaide the experiences that places such as Sydney were receiving all the time.

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At Follow Your Dreams Nationals in January 2019, I was extremely lucky to receive the Golden Ticket award. This award was a return trip to LA as well as 5 dance classes at Millennium Dance Complex and 5 classes at The Edge. If it wasn’t for Kylie Drew, introducing this award into her competition and the incredible judges I wouldn’t have received an experience that every dancer dreams of. In October 2018, Joffrey Ballet School toured Australia to audition for their summer school programs. I knew that this program was exactly what I needed to help me grow into the performer I am today. This experience was incredible, not only did my love for musical theatre grow but it really helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my career. With both experiences I was able to spend an entire month in America, living my best life doing what I love and learning an immense amount of skills dance related as well as many life lessons.

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A turning point for me in dance was having Lucy Ellis and Kylie Norris as my dance teachers and mentors, they guided me in the direction I wanted to go and taught me so much – I appreciate everything they have done. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be dancing today. My favourite memories came from learning my solos, duos, and troupes for competitions. Being able to perform their choreography on stage was so much fun. It really helped me start to explore my characters and how far I could take them. We were lucky that they also brought over many choreographers, which created more opportunities for us. In my final year at school, I decided to really focus on my singing. As musical theatre is not all about dancing, I wanted to train my voice so that I could become a triple threat. My insanely talented vocal coach – Rosie Hosking mentored me in many ways not only through learning technique and how to perform songs she taught me how to become comfortable with myself which I think is the most valuable lesson.

I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents who support me and allow me to follow my dreams as I know it isn’t easy letting their own child move to another state without them. I was lucky enough to have my sister join me at ED5 this year. Living with family again has made this experience even better. My family have been there for me throughout my entire dance journey. From starting competitions from such a young age to now graduating a fulltime course. I couldn’t have done this without them! ED5 has been such an incredible experience. Not only have I grown as an artist but as a person too. ED5 doesn’t only teach you how to become a great performer, it teaches you how to become the best version of YOU. Covid has been such a big part of everyone’s lives and unfortunately my year had to endeavour two years of it. I am so grateful for the people in my year. We were able to overcome so many obstacles and persevere through many highs and even more lows. Many can think of covid as a negative thing but to us it only made us stronger. We made it through to the end and we were able to push through no matter what life threw at us. Not only am I proud to be where I am today but I am proud to be a part of something so special.

I knew I wanted to go to fulltime and so when the time came to decide to pick which fulltime school I were to go too, I took it very seriously. I spent weeks researching the best fulltime schools in Australia. Whenever interstate choreographers came over, I always asked them – What did they think the best school was? 99% of them all said ED5 International. After receiving ED5’s prospectus I knew that it was the school for me. I applied to many other schools online however, knowing that ED5 was the school I wanted, I knew it was the right decision to fly up to Sydney for the live auditions. Moving to Sydney as a fresh 18-year-old is a massive eye opener. At first it was hard to be away from home but once the course started it became a little easier knowing that I moved states to study something I love. Having a strong support system is needed to be able to live away from home.

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TIANA COSTANZO ED5 GRADUATE

One of the biggest lessons I have learnt at ED5 is that people want to see who the real you is, not who you think they want to see. I have created so many memories and such amazing relationships with friends as well as teachers. It’s funny that when I started ED5 I thought I knew everything, then I met William A. Forsythe and my whole life was changed. William has been such an important mentor during my time at ED5, he has impacted my life as an artist and person. I wouldn’t be half the artist or person I am today if it wasn’t for him and my time at ED5 International. Elena and Mario De Cinque and William A. Forsythe have created such an amazing course. I am so sad but grateful that I am finally able to graduate. I have found it very hard to write about my time at ED5 because it’s not just a fulltime school, it’s a family. There have been so many wonderful memories, experiences, relationships created and insanely talented teachers that I’ve had who I want to thank for being a part of my journey. Graduating fulltime is not the end of my time as an artist but, it is the beginning of a new opportunity. PHOTO SUPPLIED


2021 Directory National Australian Dance Crew Champs

Believe Dance Competition

DanceLife Unite

dancecrewchampionships.com.au facebook @Australiandancecrewchampionships insta @ausdancecrewchampionships

info@gtbdance.com gtbdance.com/believe insta @/believenovicedancecompetition

info@dancelifeunite.com.au dancelifeunite.com.au facebook @DancelifeUnite insta @dancelifeunite

Everybody Sing & Dance Now

Evolution Dance Competition

Fierce Talent

admin@ebsdn.com ebsdn.com facebook @ebsdn2 insta @everybody_sing__and_dance_now

contact@evolutiondancecomp.com evolutiondancecomp.com facebook @evolutiondancecomp insta @evolutiondancecomp

admin@fiercetalent.com.au fiercetalent.com.au facebook @FierceTalentCompetition insta @fiercetalentcompetition

Follow Your Dreams

Future Stars Dance Comp

Get The Beat

support@fydentry.com fydcomp.com facebook @Follow-Your-DreamsCompetitions-140817469337260 insta @fydcomps

admin@futurestarsdancecomp.com.au futurestarsdancecomp.com.au facebook @futurestarsdancecomp insta @futurestarsdancecomp

accounts@getthebeat.com.au gtbdance.com facebook @gtbdance insta @get_the_beat

Hollywood Bound

Jump Dance Challenge

Ooh la la Dance Extravaganza

support@hollywoodbound.com.au hollywoodbound.com.au facebook @hollywoodbounddance insta @hollywoodbound_dance

jumpdancechallenge@gmail.com facebook @jumpdancechallenge insta @jumpdancechallenge

oohlaladanceextravaganza@yahoo.com oohlaladanceextravanganza.com facebook @Ooh.La.La.Dance.Extravaganza insta @ooh_la_la_dance_extravaganza

Showcase Dance Championships

Starpower International

Supreme Dance Experience

support@showcasedance.com showcasedance.com facebook @showcasedance insta @showcasedance

henry@starpowertalent.com international.starpowertalent.com facebook @StarpowerTalent insta @starpowertalent

accounts@getthebeat.com.au gtbdance.com/supreme insta @supremedanceexperience


2021 Directory National SURGE Dance Comp

Talent Tribe

Time to Shine Dance Comp

surge@missionentertainmentco.com facebook @surge.dance.comp insta @surge.dance.comp

info@talenttribe.com.au talenttribe.com.au facebook @Talent-Tribe1906632979655914 iinsta @talenttribe_dancefestival

surge@missionentertainmentco.com facebook @surge.dance.comp insta @surge.dance.comp

VIEW Dance Challenge info@viewdancechallenge.com.au viewdancechallenge.com.au facebook @VIEWDanceChallengeAU insta @viewdancechallengeau

Australian Capital Territory ACE Dance Events

Brindabella Dance Festival

Canberra Dance Festival

natalie@acedanceevents.com.au facebook @ACEdanceevents

brindabelladf@yahoo.com.au brindabelladancefestival.com.au facebook @Brindabella-Dance-FestivalCanberra-163180050733877/

canberradancefestival@gmail.com canberradancefestival.com facebook @Canberra-Dance-Festival306182316104280 insta @cdf.dance

Riverside Dance Festival riversidedancefestival.com facebook @RDF2016 insta @riverside.dance.festival



2021 Directory New South Wales Abermain Eisteddfod

Adrenaline Dance Competition

Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod

abermaineisteddfod@gmail.com abermaineisteddfod.org.au

adrenalinedance2020@gmail.com facebook @adrenalinedancecomp insta @adrenaline_dance_comp

admin@alburywodongaeisteddfod.com.au aweisteddfod.com.au

Applause Dance Challenge

Australian Classical Challenge

Australian Dance Challenge

applausedancechallenge@gmail.com applausedancechallenge.com facebook @Applause-Dance-Challenge387510158570205

australianclassicalchallenge@gmail.com facebook @Australian-ClassicalChallenge-102210897821715

ben@australiandancechallenge.com kickeisteddfod.com facebook @AustralianDanceChallenge

Bathurst Eisteddfod

Bluescope WIN Wollongong Eisteddfod

British Dancing Society

BxDance@hotmail.com.au bathursteisteddfod.org/dance

wgongeisteddfod@bigpond.com wollongongeisteddfod.com.au facebook @wgongeisteddfod

info@bdadance.com.au bdadance.com.au/b.d.a_eisteddfod.html facebook @BDAStageBranch

Burn It Up Dance Challenge

Campbelltown Spring Song & Dance Festival

Central Coast Eisteddfod

ilovedancing_321@hotmail.com facebook @BURNitUPDanceChallenge insta @burnitup_official

springsonganddance@gmail.com facebook @campbelltownspringsonganddancefestival

central.coast.eisteddfod@gmail.com centralcoasteisteddfod.com.au facebook @CentralCoastEisteddfod

City Lights Dance Festival

City of Dubbo Eisteddfod

City of Grafton Eisteddfod

citylightsdancefestival@hotmail.com facebook @cityofdancefestival

contact@dubboeisteddfod.org.au dubboeisteddfod.org.au facebook @dubbo.eisteddfod insta @dubboeisteddfod

graftoneisteddfod@gmail.com graftoneisteddfod.org.au facebook @Grafton-Eisteddfod109199346153749


2021 Directory New South Wales City of Orange Eisteddfod

City of Penrith Eisteddfod

City of Ryde Eisteddfod

oge_eisteddfod@msn.com orangeisteddfod.com facebook @City-of-Orange-Eiste ddfod-615940408572474

dance@penritheisteddfod.com.au penritheisteddfod.com.au facebook @penrithdanceeisteddfod

onlineadmin@rydeeisteddfod.org rydeeisteddfod.org/EISTEDDFOD/i ndex.php facebook @rydeeisteddfod

Coffs Harbour & District Eisteddfod Society

Cowra Eisteddfod

Curtain Call Song & Dance Festival

dance@coffseisteddfod.org.au coffseisteddfod.org.au/dance facebook @CoffsHarbourDistrict DanceEisteddfod insta @coffsharbourdanceeisteddfod

committee@cowraeisteddfod.com.au cowraeisteddfod.com.au facebook @Cowra-Eisteddfod-12375 4890984314

curtaincallsadf@bigpond.com carolmurrayproductions.com facebook @CurtainCallSongAndDanceFestival

Dance & Dazzle

Dance Blitz

Dance Classique

danceanddazzlefestival@gmail.com facebook @danceclassiqueeisteddfod/? rf=316159338468426

info@dwpas.com.au dwpas.com.au/danceblitz.html facebook @DanceBlitz insta @dance_blitz

danceclassiqueeisteddfod@gmail.com facebook @danceclassiqueeisteddfod

Dance Defi

Dance Escape

Dance Explosion Wollongong Eisteddfod

danceclassiqueeisteddfod@gmail.com facebook @danceclassiqueeisteddfod

info@danceescape.com.au danceescape.com.au facebook @Dance-Escape106923174477943 insta @danceescape_

danceexplosion5678@gmail.com ddcdancestudios.weebly.com/danceexplosion.html facebook @danceexplosionwollongong

Dance From Your Heart

Dance Universe Competition

dancefromtheheartcomp@gmail.com theballetshoppe.com.au/pages/dance -from-your-heart facebook @dancefromyourheartcomp insta @dancefromyourheartcomp

danceuniversecompetition@gmail.com facebook @danceuniversecompetition insta @danceuniversecompetition


2021 Directory New South Wales Diversity Performing Arts Challenge

Dynamic Song & Dance Festival

East Coast Dance Championships

diversitypac@outlook.com facebook @iversitypac

dynamicsadf@bigpond.com carolmurrayproductions.com/dynamicsong--dance-festival facebook @carolmurrayschoolofdance

eastcoastdancechampionships@gmail.com eastcoastdance.com.au facebook @eastcoastdancechampionships insta @eastcoast_dance

Empower Dance & Vocal Eisteddfod

Encore Annual Dance Challenge

Energy Express Eisteddfod

empowereisteddfod@outlook.com facebook @empowerdancevocaleisteddfod

encoreadc@hotmail.com facebook @EncoreADC

studiorsd@gmail.com facebook @Energy-Express-Eisteddfod1404739626486997

Evoke Dance Eisteddfod

Dance & Dazzle

Expression Dance Eisteddfod

evokedance@outlook.com facebook @EvokeDanceEisteddfod insta @evoke_dance_eisteddfod

danceanddazzleeisteddfod@gmail.com facebook @danceanddazzlefestival

info@expressiondanceschool.com facebook @expressiondanceeisteddfod

Extreme Dance Competition

Flawless Dance Eisteddfod

Forbes Eisteddfod

info@extremedancecomp.com.au extremedancecomp.com.au facebook @ExtremeDanceCompetition

facebook @groups/1487399111335009/?f ref=mentions instagram @flawlessdanceeisteddfod

forbes.eisteddfod@hotmail.com forbeseisteddfod.com.au facebook @forbeseisteddfod

Get Up N Dance

Gunnedah Eisteddfod

Gulgong Prince of Wales Eisteddfod

getupndance16@gmail.com facebook @Get-Up-N-Dance-Eisteddfod1106441856102447/

gunnedahdanceeisteddfod@gmail.com facebook @GunnedahDanceEisteddfod

gulgongeist@hotmail.com gulgongeisteddfod.com facebook @gulgongeisteddfod


2021 Directory New South Wales Hawkesbury City Eisteddfod

Hills Dance Eisteddfod

I'd Rather Be Dancing

hawkesburyeisteddfod@gmail.com hawkesburyeisteddfod.com.au

info@hillsdancefactory.com.au

idratherbedancing@live.com idratherbedancing.wixsite.com/irbd insta @irbd_the_dance_challenge

Illawarra Region Eisteddfod

In the Spotlight Dance Challenge

In-Sight Dance Events

info@illawarraregioneisteddfod.com illawarraregioneisteddfod.com facebook @IllawarraRegionEisteddfodOfficial

itsdancechallenge@gmail.com facebook @inthespotlightdancechallenge

info@insightdanceevents.com insightdanceevents.com facebook @insightdanceevents insta @insightdanceevents

Inspire Arts Challenge

Inverell Eisteddfod Society

Just Dance Extravaganza

peta@inspiredancefitness.com.au inspiredancefitness.com.au facebook @InspireDanceFitness

inverell.eisteddfod@hotmail.com inverelleisteddfod.com facebook @Inverell-Eisteddfod-Society135318706643421

justdanceextravaganza@gmail.com jdextravaganza.com facebook @justdanceextravaganza insta @justdanceextravaganza

Kempsey Eisteddfod Society

Kick Eisteddfod

Kurrunulla Dance Festival

kempseyeisteddfod@hotmail.com kempseyeisteddfod.wordpress.com facebook @Kempsey-Eisteddfod-Society-Inc205346502998700 insta @kempseyeisteddfod

ben@australiandancechallenge.com kickeisteddfod.com facebook @AustralianDanceChallenge

info@kurrunulladancefestival.com kurrunulladancefestival.com

Lakeside Dance Challenge

Leeton Eisteddfod

LismoreEisteddfod

lakesidedancechallenge@gmail.com facebook @Lakeside-Dance-ChallengePort-Stephens-1806407329601248

leetoneisteddfod.com.au facebook @Leeton-Eisteddfod-Society425917104809007

entries@lismoreeisteddfod.com.au lismoreeisteddfod.com.au facebook @Lismore-Eisteddfod-367504456769080



2021 Directory New South Wales Live to Dance Ultimate Challenge

Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod

Moondance

swanseadancefestival@gmail.com livetodance.net.au facebook @LivetoDanceUltimateChallange insta @livetodanceultimatechallenge

lcdanceeist@outlook.com lowerclarencedanceeisteddfod.weebly.com facebook @lowerclarencedanceeisteddfod

alanahyde@bigpond.com moondancemedia.com facebook @moondancewollongong insta @moondancemedia

Musswellbrook & Upper Hunter Eisteddfod

New England Dance Eisteddfod

Newcastle Dance Awards

musswellbrookdanceeisteddfod@gmail.com sites.google.com/site/muheisteddfod/home

nedanceeisteddfod@outlook.com newenglanddanceeisteddfod.weebly.com facebook @NewEnglandDanceEisteddfod

newcastledanceawards@yahoo.com newcastledanceawards.com.au facebook @NewcastleDanceAwardsAustralia insta @newcastledanceawardsaustralia

Northern Beaches Eisteddfod

Planet Talent

Port Macquarie Eisteddfod

northernbeacheseisteddfod@gmail.com northernbeacheseisteddfod.com/dance.html facebook @northernbeacheseisteddfod insta @northernbeacheseisteddfod

info@planettalent.com.au planettalent.com.au facebook @planettalentaus

pmdes-dance@live.com.au portmaceisteddfod.org.au/node/291 facebook @The-Port-Macquarie-andDistrict-Dance-Eisteddfod246106102155688

Phoenix by ADF

Rising Stars

Ritz & Glitz

gisrob@bigpond.com phoenixfestival.org.au facebook @Phoenix-Festival-of-Dance217824101568307 insta @phoenixfestivalofdance2021

info@breannas.com.au

ritzandglitzdance@gmail.com facebook @ritzandglitz insta @ritzandglitzdance

Royale Performing Arts Challenge

Shine on Stage

Shine Bright Dance Challenge

royaleperformingarts@gmail.com facebook @royalepac

jessica@blakehurstacademy.com.au facebook @shineonstageeisteddfod insta @shineonstageeisteddfod

shinebrightdancechallenge@yahoo.com facebook @shinebrightdancechallenge


2021 Directory New South Wales South Gippsland Dance Eisteddfod

St George Dance Esiteddfod

SPACE Sydney Performing Arts Exp

hello@sgde.org.au sgde.org.au facebook @TheGreatSouthernStarEisteddfodInc insta @southgippslanddanceeisteddfod

info@stgeorgedanceeisteddfod.com.au stgeorgedanceeisteddfod.com.au facebook @St-George-Dance-Eisteddfod1399723273625324

louise@elleevents.com.au insta @space.eisteddfod

Spirit Dance Competition

Stage Fever Performance Event

Sydney Eisteddfod

spiritdancecompetitions@gmail.com insta @spiritdancecomp

info@stagefever.com.au stagefever.com.au facebook @StageFeverPerformanceEvent

info@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au sydneyeisteddfod.com.au facebook @ydeisteddfod insta @sydeisteddfod

Sydney Stars On Show

Tamworth Eisteddfod

Taree & District Eisteddfod

nadiavellataranto@gmail.com facebook @groups/222042814860048/about

tamwortheisteddfoddance@gmail.com tamwortheisteddfod.org.au facebook @TamworthEisteddfod insta @tamwortheisteddfod

tareeeisteddfod.com.au

Tenterfield Eisteddfod

The Hills Dance Spectacular

The Menai Eisteddfod

tenterfieldeisteddfod@gmail.com tenterfieldeisteddfod.com facebook @tenterfieldeisteddfod

info@thehillsdancespectacular.com thehillsdancespectacular.com facebook @The-Hills-Dance-SpectacularEisteddfod-196429393713352

info@themenaieisteddfod.com.au themenaieisteddfod.com.au facebook @themenaieisteddfod

The Ultimate Dance Challenge

Theatre Arts Title

Twinkle Toes Dance Challenge

info@tudc.com.au tudc.com.au facebook @theultimatedancechallenge insta @theultimatedancechallenge

contact@theatreartstitles.com theatreartstitles.com facebook @theatreartstitles

twinkletoesdance@hotmail.com facebook @groups/125666844235010


2021 Directory New South Wales Vibe Dance Compettiion

Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod Society

Wellington Eisteddfod Society

info@vibedance.com.au vibedance.com.au facebook @vibedc insta @vibe_dancecomp_au

waggaeisteddfod.org.au facebook @Wagga-Wagga-EisteddfodSociety-1959255387624348

wellingtoneisteddfod@hotmail.com wellingtoneisteddfod.org.au facebook @WellingtonEisteddfod

Ultimate Dance Spectacular

Winter Dance Festival

Your Next Step Dance Challenge

ultimatedancespectacular@gmail.com facebook @ultimatedancespectacular

epda13@gmail.com facebook @Winter-Dance-Festival1488967477800408

robyn@rocktheblock.com.au

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SIMONA STRUGA

DANCER GENERATION DANCE - SA DANCING WITH IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS

Hi, my name is Simona, I am 13 years old and dance with Generation Dance in Adelaide and I have Idiopathic Scoliosis. This means that I have an abnormal curvature of my spine, but with no exact reason of why it curves. So, instead of my spine being straight, mine looks more like the letter ‘S’. I was 3 years old when I started dancing at Generation Dance and have been there ever since. I wanted to be like my big sister and do what she was doing. I was going to her dance classes and watching her and dancing around at home. So, when I could finally start classes of my own, I did. I love all genres of dance, but my favourites would have to be jazz, lyrical and tap. I started competing when I was 5 years old with my troupe and my first ever solo competition was when I was 6 years old – I think I can still remember the routine! Dancing has been my life since then. I love everything about dance, but I especially love performing and my dance family and friends. PHOTO SUPPLIED


Simona Struga I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2016 when I was 8 years old. My back was hurting after a dance competition which was a little strange for me. At that stage it was just watch and wait to see what happens – it could stay the same, or it could progress. I kept on dancing and playing soccer that year. I just put up with the pain and spent time at the physio. Things did progress, and 18 months later I was seeing a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon for assessment. I was still quite young and had a lot more growing to do, so again it was just watch and wait to see what my spine would do. At this stage I was at the physio every 2 weeks to help with the pain and strengthen my core. All during this time I kept up dancing. I worked on building my core strength as this was the one thing that really helped with the pain. My physio and surgeon were surprised at why I wasn’t in more pain based on how much the curve of my spine had changed. Dancing has so many benefits, but for me this was the biggest benefit.

Most people who know me or see me dance can’t tell that there is anything wrong with me. I don’t think there is anything wrong with me, I’ve always just been a little bit crooked. Sometimes when I’m meant to be standing straight, or my feet are meant to be parallel, it just doesn’t look how it should. To me it feels like I am standing straight, or that my feet are parallel, but I have learnt that I need to overcompensate so that it is straight – it just feels a bit odd to me. There are some things that I just can’t do, but it hasn’t stopped me. I have an amazing dance teacher that makes sure that my solos are choreographed to suit what I can do, but she still challenges me. I’ve also had the privilege to work with some great choreographers that have also kept my “issue” in mind, but still push me. It has been 3 years since I first started wearing a brace – I’ve had three over the years to accommodate for my growth and change in my spine. Things have now progressed a little further and the brace is not able to stabilise the curve in the top part of my spine. It’s done a great job at keeping my lumbar, or lower, spine from moving too much, but my thoracic, or top, spine is now progressing quickly as I grow. I always have some level of pain, but I just put up with that so I can continue dancing.

By the end of 2018, the curvature of my spine had progressed so much that I was fitted for a brace. First a cast was made of my back – this is the same as having a cast put on to a broken arm. From this, they made a rigid, plastic back brace that was specifically designed for me. I got my first brace a few days before Christmas – I was 10 years old and wasn’t happy. I had to wear my brace 23 hours a day – the only time I could take it off outside of that was for dance. Dance was always my happy place, but now it was even more special to me. Like all dancers, dancing gives me the opportunity to express myself, but it also gives me an opportunity to be free. Wearing this brace everyday is uncomfortable. It’s hot and sweaty in summer, pushes on my hips and gives me bruises and rashes. I know it’s helping, but I’ve always loved the time at dance to escape for just a little bit.

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Early next year I will be having spinal fusion surgery on my thoracic spine to straighten that part. I will have two metal rods and a whole lot of screws to keep it straight. Unfortunately, that means 6 to 9 months off from dance. I’m a little scared about the surgery, but I’m mostly sad about not being able to dance for that long. I know that I can do anything I put my mind to and plan on getting back to dance as soon as possible, even if it’s just to sit and watch technique classes! I’ve got the most amazing dance friends that will help me get through it and I plan on being there supporting them during competitions in 2022. I know I’ve a got a challenging time ahead of me, but dance has made me resilient and strong. Bring on my straight back!


2021 Directory Northern Territory Centralian Eisteddfod

Dirty Feet Outback Dance Festival

Northern Australia Dance Festival

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2021 Directory Queensland AICD Queensland Ballet Awards

ATOD International Dance Awards

Australian Pinnacle Dance Challenge

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Biloela Eisteddfod

Border District Eisteddfod

Brisbane International Contemporary Dance

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Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge

Bundaberg Festival of Dance

Burdekin Junior Eisteddfod

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Cairns & District Junior Eisteddfod

Charters Towers Eisteddfod

City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod

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CoastQuest Championships

Comdance - Born to Perform QLD Festival

Dancers Connect

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2021 Directory Queensland Darling Downs Eisteddfod

Emerald Eisteddfod

En Pointe Dance Competition

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FNQ Tropical Dance Festival

Gladstone Eisteddfod

Gold Coast Eisteddfod

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Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod

Innisfail & District Ballet & Dance Society

Ipswich Combines Teachers Dance Festival

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Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod

Kingaroy Eisteddfod

Lockyer District Dancing Fesitval

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Mackay Dance Festival

Mackay Eisteddfod Association

Maryborough Dance Eisteddfod

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2021 Directory Queensland Mount Isa Irish Club Eisteddfod

Noosa Spring Dance Festival

Quota Beenleigh

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Reach Dance Competition

Rockhampton Dance Festival

Starbound

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Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod Inc

The Dance Revolution Competition

Townsville Dance Competition

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Townsville Eisteddfod

Verve Dance Festival

Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod

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Xpress Dance Competition xpressdance@outlook.com xpressdancecompetition.com facebook @xpresdance



2021 Directory South Australia BB Eisteddfod

CanDance Australia

Count Me In Dance Competition

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Dance Competitions SA

Mount Gambier Eisteddfod

NOW Talent

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Pendulum Dance Competitions

SA Stage Stage Dancing Society

Schools Challenge

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2021 Directory Tasmania

Burnie City Eisteddfod

City of Davenport Eisteddfod

Launceston Competition Association

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devonporteisteddfod@yahoo.com.au devonporteisteddfod.org.au

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Launceston Festival of Dance

Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod

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Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod

Innisfail & District Ballet & Dance Society

Ipswich Combines Teachers Dance Festival

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secretary@idbds.com.au idbds.com.au/index.html

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A Chance to Dance

Ararat Eisteddfod

Asian Pacific Ballet Forum

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facebook @AraratEisteddfod

ballet@nationaltheatre.org.au nationaltheatreballetschool.org.au facebook @nationaltheatreballetschool

Victoria


9-12 June, 2022 Entries open 21 January, 2022


2021 Directory Victoria

ATOD Australasian Energetiks Scholarship

Australasian Ballet Challenge

Ballarat Dance Awards

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Bendigo Competitions Society

Beyond Dance

Cecchetti - Young Dancers Award

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City of Warnambool Eisteddfod

Comdance - Born to Perform VIC

Crown Dance Events

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albacks@optusnet.com.au comdance.org/events

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Dance Off Challenge

DanceFest Performing Arts Competition

Dandenong Eisteddfod (Casey Comps)

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dancefestcomp@gmail.com facebook. @melbcomp insta @dancefestcompetition

dandenongeisteddfod@gmail.com caseycomps.com.au

Diamond Dance Challenge

East Gippsland Performing Arts Eisteddfod

Eastern Choreographic Competition

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2021 Directory Victoria

Energy Dance Competitions (EDC)

Front & Centre

Geelong Eisteddfod

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frontandcentre@yahoo.com facebook @groups/306329709876065

geelongeisteddfod@hotmail.com facebook @GeelongEisteddfod

Goodwill Dance Competition

Hamilton Eisteddfod

Ignite Dance Challenge

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enquiries@hamiltoneisteddfod.org.au hamiltoneisteddfod.org.au/index.html facebook @Hamilton-Eisteddfod1185673158123174

admin@ignitedancechallenge.com.au ignitedancechallenge.com.au insta @ignitedancechallenge

In Motion Performing Arts Challenge

Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod

Masters of Choreography

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eist@lve.org.au lve.org.au facebook @latrobevalleyeisteddfod

milo@mastersofchoreography.com mastersofchoreography.com/mastersdance-awards facebook @mastersofchoreography insta @mastersofchoreography

Melbourne Performing Arts Challenge

Metropolitan Festival of Dance

Mildura Eisteddfod

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metropolitanfd@gmail.com metropolitanfd.com.au facebook @Metrocomps insta @metro_fd

milduraeisteddfod.com.au facebook @mildura.eisteddfodtimeline

Moe Dance Eisteddfod

Morwell Fesitval Of Dance

Next Star Competition

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morwelldance@gmail.com facebook @MorwellFestivalofDanceInc

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2021 Directory Victoria

Northern Performance Challenge

Phoenix Festival of Dance

Prestige Dance Awards

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Prodigy Dance Competition

Royal South Street

Southern Dance Festival

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mail@southerndancefestival.org.au southerndancefestival.org.au facebook @Southern-Dance-Festival1575872692655776

Southern Federation of Dance

Spotlight Dance Competitions

Stage Attack

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facebook @groups/199763846706706

The Melton Bacchus Marsh Dance Festival

United Dance Organisation (UDO)

Victorian Performing Arts Challenge

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vicperformingartschallenge@gmail.com vicperformingartschallenge.com facebook @vicperformingartschallenge insta @vicperformingartschallenge

Wangaratta Festival of Dance

West Gippsland Dance Festival

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2021 Directory Western Australia Australian Dance Extravaganza

Comdance - Born to Perform WA

Country Dance Challenge

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albacks@optusnet.com.au comdance.org/events

countrydancechallenge@bigpond.com facebook @countrydancechallenge

Dance Quest WA

Elite Esiteddfod

Elevate Dance Esiteddfod

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info@elevatedanceeisteddfod.com elevatedanceeisteddfod.com facebook @ElevateDanceEisteddfod insta @elevate_dancecomp

Enter the Stage Performing Arts Challenge

Express Dance Challenge

Mandurah Festival Of Dance

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facebook @Express-Dance-Challenge290849075009287

dianne4dance@hotmail.com mandurahfestivalofdance.com.au facebook @Mandurah-Festival-OfDance-199059030141105

On Stage Performing Arts Competition

On Pointe Dance Eisteddfod

Perth Dance Challenge

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onpointedance@yahoo.com facebook @OnPointeDanceEisteddfod

info@perthdc.com perthdc.com facebook @perthdancechallenge insta @perthdancechallenge

Rise Up & Shine Festival of Dance

Starlight Festival of Dance

The West Dance Awards

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starlightfestivalofdance@gmail.com starlightfestivalofdance.performregistr ation.com.au facebook @starlightFoDance

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2021 Directory Western Australia Vibe International Ballet Experience

WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod

West Coast Dance Festival

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wapa.eisteddfod@gmail.com eisteddfodwa.org.au facebook @wapa.eisteddfod insta @wapa_eisteddfod

smashdancecompany@gmail.com facebook @WCDFinc insta @w.c.d.f

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Ambassaders

Face of DanceAus Connect HOLLIE McGEACHY TDC


Ambassaders

VIOLET MCNALLY - ACT Elite

CARYS STONEMAN - WA Vanguard

AVA MENG - NSW Constant Groove

EVIE TSOUSKAS - NSW JWDA

Petite


Ambassaders

SAOIRSE SANDOVAL-ROCHE - VIC Dream Entertainment

ZOE EHLERS - WA Icon Dance Studio

EVANGALINE BLOOMFIELD - QLD Dance Edge

CHARLOTTE LUTTICK - VIC Volar Dance Centre

AMELIA KROEHNERT - NSW Brent Street

LILLIANA DUNN - NSW Brent Street

YANA KLIMENCHUK - SA LJR

Junior


Ambassaders

ABBEY ROWLAND-JONES - NSW Dream Dance Academy

TIESHA WORMES - WA The Star Factory

AINSLEA ESPLANA - NSW Janolo Classical Coaching

TAISEN CARLINO - WA Gail Mead

OLIVIA DUNN - WA Gail Mead

LARA GRIFFITHS - NSW Constant Groove

ABBEY WILLIAMS - WA Perth Classical

ALLY MASON - NSW Elite

Teen


Ambassaders

OLIVIA ADOMSON - QLD Dynamite Studios

HANNAH BURKE - SA Pivotel Dance MADDY DOBSON - VIC TDC

Senior


Ambassaders

DanceAus Connect - Legend DAISYBOO ALLEN VCAS


Ambaasador RECIPES 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed, core removed 3 limes 2 green shallots, trimmed 3 large ripe avocados 250g baby cucumbers, peeled into ribbons 200g (1 bunch) radishes, trimmed, washed, thinly sliced 400g sliced smoked salmon Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle Crème fraîche, to serve Salmon roe, to serve Fresh dill sprigs, to serve Micro herbs, to serve Gluten-free crackers or crusty bread, to serve (optional)

Ava Meng SMOKED SALMON WREATH taste.com.au

30min prep l serves 8 Step 1 Use a mandoline to very thinly slice the fennel Unsure of the quantity needed? Click on the underlined ingredient to reveal the quantity. No need to flip back and forth! OK, GOT IT lengthways. Place in a large bowl with the juice of 1 lime. Add a large pinch of salt, toss to combine and set aside to pickle.

Step 2 Cut shallots into 8cm lengths and thinly slice lengthways. Place in a bowl of iced water for 2-3 minutes or until lightly curled. Drain well. Roughly mash the avocados in a bowl. Add the juice from the remaining limes, season and stir to combine.

Molly B RUSSIAN FUDGE edmondscooking.co.nz/recipes/fudge/russian-fudge

Step 3 Drain fennel. Arrange avocado in a heaped circle around the edge of a large plate. Arrange pickled fennel, cucumber, radish, shallot and salmon over the top. Drizzle with oil and season with pepper. Dollop on crème fraîche and salmon roe. Scatter with the dill and micro herbs. Serve immediately with crackers or bread, if you like.

3 cups Chelsea white sugar ½ cup Meadow Fresh milk ½ cup sweetened condensed milk 125g butter ⅛ tsp salt 1 Tbsp Chelsea golden syrup 2 tsp vanilla essence

2hr prep 1. Lightly grease a 20cm square tin. 2. Put the sugar and milk into a saucepan and heat gently, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. 3. Add the sweetened condensed milk, butter, salt and golden syrup and stir until the butter has melted.

4. Bring to the boil and continue boiling for about 5 minutes or until it reaches the soft ball stage (114˚C on a sugar thermometer). Stir occasionally to prevent the mixture burning on the base of the pan. 5. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and cool for 2–3 minutes.

6. Beat the fudge with a wooden spoon or electric beater for about 3 minutes until it is the consistency of thick custard. It should still level out when you remove the spoon, so check every 30 seconds or so. 7. Pour into the tin and mark into squares. Cut when cold.


Ambaasador RECIPES Taisen Carlino KETO GARLIC BREAD delish.com

1 c. shredded mozzarella 1/2 c. finely ground almond flour 2 tbsp. cream cheese 1 tbsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. baking powder Kosher salt 1 large egg 1 tbsp. butter, melted 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley 1 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan Marinara, warmed, for serving

30min prep l serves 4 Step 1 Preheat oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add mozzarella, almond flour, cream cheese, garlic powder, baking powder, and a large pinch of salt. Microwave on high until cheeses are melted, about 1 minute. Stir in egg.

Daisy Sexton BALLERINA BISCUIT

Step 2 Shape dough into a ½”-thick oval on baking sheet. Step 3 In a small bowl, mix melted butter with garlic, parsley, and Parmesan. Brush mixture over top of bread.

Step 4 Bake until golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Slice and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

SUGAR COOKIE 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 tablespoon salt 1 1/2 cups sifted flour ROYAL ICING 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 3 tablespoons meringue powder or egg whites 6 tablespoons warm water

Makes 16-24 cookies SUGAR COOKIE Cream together unsalted butter, sugar and beat in 1 egg. Add vanilla, salt and sifted flour.

Transfer cookies onto cookie liners. Bake about 8-10 minutes or until lightly coloured.

ROYAL ICING Mix all ingredients on medium speed for 5 minutes.

Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling. Preheat over 350 degrees. Roll out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4 inch think and cut with your favourite cookie cutter.

Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with buttercream frosting, royal icing or eat plain.

This recipe makes icing the right consistency for piping. To flood, add water a little at a time to achieve a pourable consistency like heavy cream.


Ambaasador RECIPES Zoe Kuhn BACON & CHEESE COB LOAF bestrecipies.com.au

250g bacon rashers diced 1 onion diced large 250g cream cheese 1 1/2 cups cream 2 cups mozzarella grated 1 cup tasty cheese grated 1 cob loaf

15min prep l serves 8 Cut the top off cob loaf and pull the soft bread out. Place the top and stuffing aside. Fry onion and bacon, place in a bowl Add the block of softened cheese, cream and grated cheeses. Mix well and fill the cob loaf.

Avery Harlyn GINGERBREAD MEN

Mix all together Roll out Use cookie cutter

Place bread lid on and wrap in foil. Bake at 180C for 45 minutes. Remove foil and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Add the bread pieces and bake for 7-10 minutes to crisp up. To serve, place on a heat resistant platter with crispy bread pieces around the outside to use as dippers and vegetable sticks.

200g flour 85g brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground sugar 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 egg (30g) 30g honey 50g soft butter

Bake at 160 degrees c for 12 minutes


Ambaasador RECIPES 200g butter, chopped 200g dark chocolate, chopped 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 4 eggs 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 cup plain flour 24 Oreo biscuits 6 x 23g packets mini Oreo biscuits, chopped

Leila Moralas OREO BROWNIE SLICE taste.com.au

45min prep/cook l 28 servings Step 1 Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan-forced. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan with baking paper, extending paper 5cm above long sides.

Step 2 Stir butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes or until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar. Cool 10 minutes.

Step 3 Add eggs, cocoa and flour. Stir to combine. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan. Top with Oreo biscuits, then remaining batter. Top with mini Oreo biscuits. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is just firm. Cool in pan completely. STEP 4 Cut into pieces. Serve.

180g self raising flour 90g butter 90g sugar 90g brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/4 teaspoon water 1 bag mm's/smarties/choc bits

Charlotte Hermsen POLKA DOT COOKIES

Makes about 50 cookies Sift flour Combine butter, sugars, vanilla and water. BLEND WELL. Beat in egg, then stir flour mixture in thoroughly.

Stir in polka dots. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cockie sheet.

Bake at 180 degrees C for 10-12 minutes.


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