Mackay Fame Talent School Lilly Hayes, 17, before her final classical solo at day six of the 2019 Mackay Eisteddfod. Photo: Zizi Averill
Mackay Fame Talent School Lilly Hayes, 17, before her final classical solo at day six of the 2019 Mackay Eisteddfod. Photo: Zizi Averill

This Mackay dancer’s last waltz with eisteddfod

IT WILL be a bittersweet moment when the curtain finally closes on Lilly Hayes’s eisteddfod career.

Fifteen years ago the two-year-old dancer first took to the stage, and after “trillions” of eisteddfod performances and countless awards, the young dancer said she was taking the next big leap in her career.

The 17-year-old dancer said next year she would take the stage on the Gold Coast, joining a full-time dance school.

Dressed in her jewelled blue tutu, Lilly said she was sad that this would be her final time on the Mackay Eisteddfod stage.

“It’s a bit sad because it’s all over,” she said.

But Lilly said the many late nights, early mornings, long trips and stressful performances have been worth it, as she was on the pathway to become a professional dancer.

Mackay Fame Talent School Lilly Hayes, 17, before her final classical solo at day six of the 2019 Mackay Eisteddfod. Photo: Zizi Averill
Mackay Fame Talent School Lilly Hayes, 17, before her final classical solo at day six of the 2019 Mackay Eisteddfod. Photo: Zizi Averill

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She is not the only person in her family with their eyes set on the main stage.

Lilly said she was following in the dainty footsteps of her elder sister, who was also training to become a professional dancer at Laine Theatre Arts, England.

Despite the two sisters both training to become professional dancers, Lilly said she didn not feel like she was in the shadow of her sister’s limelight.

Lilly said while her sister specialised in jazz and musical theatre, she was taking steps to become a contemporary and tap performer.

She said their two dance styles perfectly encapsulated their two personalities.

“The way she is, is how she dances,” Lilly said.

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Their love of dance was a strong family trait, with Lilly’s younger brother also in this year’s eisteddfod competition.

Their mother, Cindy Hayes, said all three of her children shared her love of dance.

“We have so much fun together,” Ms Hayes said.

Lilly said her mother had always been extremely supportive of her passion, and was “not a ‘dance mum’”.