Brad Moffitt has danced around the world but still calls Wollongong home.
After dancing with West Australian and Queensland ballet companies, as well as the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Singapore Dance Theatre and the Suzhou Ballet Theatre in China, Mr Moffitt still fondly remembers his performances in the Wollongong Eisteddfod.
On Tuesday he returned to adjudicate at the 2014 Wollongong event.
‘‘It is an opportunity to give something back to my community,’’ Mr Moffitt said.
‘‘Performing in the Wollongong eisteddfods was a big part of my life and encouraged me to attend the Australian Ballet School and pursue professional dancing.’’
Mr Moffitt now owns a remedial massage business after he retired from professional dancing due to an Achilles tendon tear.
He always performed classical ballet in the Wollongong eisteddfods.
‘‘Eisteddfods are hard work but enjoyable,’’ Mr Moffitt said.
‘‘It gives kids the opportunity to experience performing and when they learn from an early age they can overcome stage fright.’’
Mr Moffitt said the eisteddfod community became an extended family with close, lasting friendships.
He said it was special to be adjudicating for his first time, especially because it was the Wollongong Eisteddfod’s 120th anniversary.