HIGHLAND Mrs Kylie Kerr, NSW
IRISH Mr Adam Morris, ADCRG, QLD
DANCE Summer Till
LITERARY Elisa Rigano
ART Burdekin Art Society

Introducing our Dance Adjudicator for 2019 – Summer Till


Summer Till (nee Nelson)

Advanced Diploma ( Art ) Dance Performance

TAE40110 Certificate IV Dance Training and Assessing

RAD Registered Teachers Status

Australian Dance Adjudicators Association

Summer was born in Queensland, studying and developing her love for all dance genres from a young age in the RAD, ATOD and GWTS syllabi. Her fulltime studies saw her work with many world-class mentors and she was involved in several pre-professional Musical Theatre and Classical/Contemporary productions. Summer graduated from both the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (now transitioned to the QLD Ballet Senior Programas well as the Australian Dance Performance Institute– To, which she is now a faculty member of, training and assessing dancers for VET training packages such as Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas of Dance.

An entrepreneurial motivation has seen Summer performing in, and producing many corporate and private functions both here in Australia and Internationally. She holds extensive knowledge for the dance industry as a performer, choreographer and technique teacher with a versatile skill set in all genres of dance and performance. Summer is a highly respected teacher through QLD and also enjoys free-lancing interstate to choreograph and mentor.

Summer is experienced and sort after, having had the pleasure of being invited to share her knowledge at various prestigious eisteddfods throughout QLD, NSW, VIC, WA, TAS & NZ. She has a great enthusiasm for encouraging the young dancers of today and is extremely proud to see off students who now perform interstate as well as internationally. Summer’s continued involvement and energy invested into this industry see’s her passionately contributing on a daily basis and Summer prides herself on being an active positive influence. She is an industry professional; dynamic, energetic and lives for her passion!

Introducing our Art Adjudicator for 2019 – Burdekin Art Society

The Burdekin Art Society was formed in 1971. At present members, meet in their clubhouse at MacMillan Street Ayr on Tuesdays and Saturday to paint and socialize. Seminars with visiting tutors are also held here periodically. Many members have undertaken different courses in a variety of mediums at T. A. F. E. Years of painting experience enables those members who are doing the judging to give constructive, helpful advice. They get much pleasure in encouraging the young in the exciting world of the visual arts.

Introducing our Photography  Adjudicator for 2019 – Chiara Oar

“Born and bred in Ayr, I went to primary school at St Francis School and completed my high school years at Burdekin Catholic High School. Throughout my schooling years I would always compete in the Burdekin Junior Eisteddfod. I would enter in speech and drama, art and music. With always having a love for photography I went on to study at James Cook University. It was here that I completed a Bachelor of Photography in 2007. In 2008 my husband and I purchased the Ayr Camera Centre and I opened a photographic studio. We sold the Ayr Camera Centre in 2013 and over the last 10 years I have spent much of my time photographing local families, debs, businesses, graduations and much more. Over the years I have had much pleasure adjudicating the Burdekin Eisteddfod and look forward to another wonderful year.”

Introducing our Literature  Adjudicator for 2019 – Elisa Rigano

Elisa Rigano is an experienced Modern History and English teacher at Burdekin Catholic High School.  A former Head of Department for English, Humanities and Drama she has been a District Review Panellist and an external English Assessor for QCAA.  Elisa has presented at ETAQ (English Teachers’ Association of Queensland) conferences.  Outside of the classroom, she has taught Speech and Drama, directed plays and musicals, written plays and, on occasion, has been known to tread the boards for the Burdekin Singers.  Elisa is a keen supporter of the Burdekin Junior Eisteddfod and is happy to be involved once more, encouraging budding writers to showcase their talent.