Addison Goodall and Leah Denko perform in the under 10 contemporary solo. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

The Bendigo Dance Eisteddfod is in full swing with 400 dancers performing at the JB Osborne Theatre.

The event, which started on June 29, runs until mid-July.

There are two major categories of dance, classical and theatrical, with classical including classical dance, contemporary, character and lyrical.

Theatrical encompasses tap, jazz, hip-hop, song and dance, and song and tap.

The eisteddfod provides young artists from Bendigo, across Victoria and interstate the opportunity of performing in front of professional adjudicators and receiving a critique of their presentation. It’s also a chance to perform in front of their peers as members of the public are invited to watch.

Fay Thomas, president and dance coordinator of Bendigo Competitions, said the eisteddfod was started by the Bendigo Chamber of Commerce in 1923 and has operated under volunteer committees for the past 93 years.

“The eisteddfod also enables the wider Bendigo community to enjoy these performances,” Ms Thomas added.

She was proud to add that each year more than 50 per cent of competitors came from outside Bendigo, contributing to the local economy.