Tayla Shields, 8, and Caitlin Barnett, 8, stretching before their jazz duo at the Kingaroy Eisteddfod on Tuesday morning. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
Tayla Shields, 8, and Caitlin Barnett, 8, stretching before their jazz duo at the Kingaroy Eisteddfod on Tuesday morning. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Bright start for Murgon

MURGON jazz duo Tayla Shields and Caitlin Barnett made last-minute changes before taking the stage for their first dance eisteddfod on Tuesday morning.

As the girls practised their routine on the grass in front of the Kingaroy Town Hall, they said nerves lurked.

"It's a little bit scary because we just changed some things in the dance," Caitlin said.

This did not rattle the girls as they continued to pirouette and cartwheel across the lawn in preparation.

"Cartwheels are one of my favourite steps in the dance," Caitlin said.

"And wearing costumes.

"They're so bright.

"That's probably my favourite thing."

But it was not all smooth sailing in the lead-up to the Kingaroy Eisteddfod as the girls said the entire dance was forgotten over the school holidays.

"We forgot it all, even the start," Caitlin said.

"But luckily our school friend remembered the dance because we'd showed her like a thousand times.

"We didn't practise at all in the holidays, because I was too busy with all my cousins."

With just days before they were due on stage, the girls changed their tune.

"We did five hours the other day at Taylor's place, and a few hours last night too," Caitlyn said.

The girls' dance teacher Regina Sloper said there was no need for panic because the pair had put the hours of work in.

"They're with me up to two hours a day for two or three days a week," Ms Sloper said.

"As long as they keep in time with each other, interact with the judge and smile a lot, they'll be alright."

Tayla and Caitlin were the first from their Murgon dance studio to compete in the eisteddfod and, with the girls coming in third in their section, Ms Sloper said it was a hugely successful start to the week.

Murgon will be well represented with dancers competing in jazz, classical and tap sections.

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