Starlets step out in style
THE idea of dancing alone on stage would be an absolute nightmare for most.
But for young performers who take part in the solo section of the Ipswich Junior Dance Eisteddfod, nothing is more fun.
Dozens of tiny dance-stars-in- the-making hit the stage this week to take part in the final portion of the 68th annual eisteddfod.
Among those who performed yesterday was Taeja Edwards who showed off her skills in the jazz - up-tempo eight years and under category.
The eight-year-old's confidence coupled with her impressive dance technique saw her take home first place.
"I like having lots of people watching me and when you know your routine you enjoy performing it," she said.
The young performer, who travelled all the way from the Gold Coast to compete in the eisteddfod, said it had taken a month of practice to perfect her routine.
As well as training 12 hours a week at Burleigh Heads-based studio Dance Technique, she spent an additional six hours working on her solo performance with her mum.
A former teacher at a dance studio in Broken Hill, Taeja's mother, Le'Neta Edwards said she was proud of her daughter's achievement.
She said she was delighted to see Taeja perform so well on stage and witness how confident she had become through learning dance.
Taeja, who has studied dance since she was three, said she wanted to keep developing as a dancer and perhaps one day perform on cruise ships.
She believed the secret to a good performance was to stretch well before a routine, be confident and most importantly have fun.
The solo section of the Ipswich Junior Dance Eisteddfod will continue tomorrow through to Saturday, June 29 at the Ipswich Civic Centre.