"THE best in years".
That is how Leeton Eisteddfod Society president Judith Nolan described this year's highland dancing competition, which was held last Sunday.
Thirty-one dancers took part in the discipline, which was the largest amount of competitors for many years, according to Mrs Nolan.
Dancers came from Leeton and the surrounding region, as well as Canberra and the Central Coast.
Mrs Nolan was pleased to see the discipline thriving.
"Sometimes it's one of those things that goes in a cycle like everything else," she said.
"I think in this case you could put some of it down to Fiona Chant teaching in Leeton again.
"The group from the Central Coast came down because there's a girl from here that used to dance who now dances up there.
"Then the Canberra contingent was a similar story. It all helps and we're really pleased they are coming back to support our eisteddfod."
The dancers ranged in ages, but all put on a top show of skill and talent in front of adjudicator Alison Dell.
Ms Dell's passion is to inspire the next generation of highland dancers to not only be technically proficient in highland dancing, but to also foster a sense of togetherness, community and mutual support.
"She was very pleased with the quality of competitors taking part," Mrs Nolan said.
"Next year she said she would even like to bring her daughter down to compete as well."
The Leeton Eisteddfod will continue from July 31 with the speech, drama and literary discipline.
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