The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation sponsors St George Dance Eisteddfod

The St George Dance Eisteddfod has begun, with talented competitors from across Sydney and Wollongong performing a high standard of dance in various styles.

Event sponsor, Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation, presented the Memorial Perpetual Trophy, 13-14 years, classical ballet at Hurstville Entertainment Centre, where more than 40 dancers were up for the award.

The foundation is named after Nicole Fitzsimons, who died in 2012 following a scooter accident in Thailand.

Her sister Kate established the foundation in her honour.

She says the competition is a wonderful legacy for Nicole, who was a former dancer.

The senior classical ballet scholarship award will be presented on May 18.