Dance Adjudicator


Peta Markham-Ward’s years of dance and education experience as a performer,  teacher, mentor and choreographer has given her the tools to successfully adjudicate  eisteddfods, talent quests, pageants, performing arts competitions and educational  dance works including HSC.


 She is competent in all styles of dance as well as other art forms such as vocal and  drama and is proud of her ability to provide both dancer/artist and the choreographers /teachers valuable feedback that can be utilised to enhance their overall performance  and  developing artistry. Peta is happy to provide written feedback in the format of the  typical eisteddfod report or verbal feedback given in talent quests and other major  competitions such as Rock Eisteddfod, Bring It On etc.


 She has been adjudicating small and major competitions since 2007 and is proud of the reputation that she has developed - professional, friendly, punctual, offers valuable feedback, fast, competent and most importantly encouraging the students / performers to achieve their best. She has been marking HSC works since 2003 – which is a different type of adjudication but of equal merit.


Peta has been involved in the following eisteddfods and competitions as a return adjudicator or new to the competition over the past few years:


East Coast Dance Championships, Port Kembla & Wollongong;

Port Macquarie District Dance Eisteddfod, Port Macquarie;

Dance Spectacular, Bateau Bay;

The Ultimate Dance Challenge, various Sydney and south coast locations;

Captivate’s Got Talent, Parramatta (Peta coordinates this talent and mentor program - auditions, personal mentoring for students, performance, organising other judges & prizes);

Extreme Dance Competition, various Sydney locations; 

Heritage Challenge, Newcastle;

Hills Dance Spectacular, Dural;

Shine on Stage, Engadine;

Capricorn Ballet & Arts Academy Competitions, Parramatta & Revesby (Peta is the head adjudicator for these competitions and organises other adjudicators for the days - 6 per year);

Everybody Dance & Sing Now, Woonona; 

Time To Shine, Windsor;

The Shire British Dancing Association Stage Branch Eisteddfod, Woolaware;

Dance & Dazzle, Rosemeadow;

Panthers Kids Have Got Talent, Penrith;

NSW Youth Club Eisteddfod, Hurstville;

Twinkle Toes Eisteddfod, Seven Hills; 

Wollongong Song & Dance, Port Kembla;

DanceFever, Port Kembla;

Dance Magic, Cranebrook;

Hornsby Shire Eisteddfod, Hornsby;

Decadance, Ingleburn;

Gosford City Performing Arts Challenge, Gosford;

Penrith City Eisteddfod, Penrith;

You Can Dance Talent Search;

Twinkle Toes Glitz Pageants;

Stage 4 & 6 Dance (Education since 2003) including HSC Marking and school competitions throughout the Parramatta Catholic Diocese where she has been a guest judge / marker at several schools and several in-house talent and dance competitions.


And she also coordinates and runs the INSPIRE Arts Challenge.


Peta’s vast network of entertainment colleagues in various genres (dance specialists, music, vocal, drama) will also allow her to source other adjudicators and/or scribes  for your competition / eisteddfod and if you would like to offer something different at your competition Peta is always happy to sit down and talk with you about her experiences and how you could make it happen.



Peta ticked all the requirements……her written reports were informative, detailed and displayed her deep knowledge of all dance styles. Her verbal comments at the end of each section were also well received and gave insight into what she was looking for… encouraging to all participants……we received nothing but praise about her from our entrants and their parents.

Debra Ferguson – President of Gosford City Performing Arts Challenge


Peta’s comments to dancers were extremely positive and onstructive……we received very positive feedback from parents, dancers and teachers.

Wendy Stewart – Dance Director of Port Macquarie & District Eisteddfod Society


Thank you so much for your professional and uplifting adjudication at East Coast Dance Championships! My daughter and all of her friends had such a great day and you gave so much valuable feedback throughout the day. You have a way of making the competitors feel so relaxed and it really helps them to dance to their potential. Many thanks again.

Nat – Dance Mother


I have had the pleasure of working with Peta, adjudicating alongside her and being inspired by her wealth of knowledge, generous and positive feedback and her thoughtful critiques of dancers. I have also had students adjudicated by Peta in competitions and found her to be fair and unbiased.

Patricia Stevens – Principal Patricia Stevens Dance Studio



Peta Markham-Ward has adjudicated at Extreme Dance Competition over the past 5 years for troupes, soloists and championships. Peta has a wealth of experience across many genres of dance, and gives fair, honest and helpful corrections & suggestions in her adjudication.

Peta is dependable, professional and knowledgeable and always a favorite with our studios, parents and competitors. Peta has helped me source other professional adjudicators through her strong performing arts network which has been very helpful. Peta always brings with her a feeling of positivity and makes the kids feel at ease, which helps make our competition friendly and fun.

Kathryn Harradine - Extreme Dance Competition