Jasmine Barnes is looking forward to entering her first Eisteddfod for the dance section on September 20. Photo Laura McKee / The Observer
Jasmine Barnes is looking forward to entering her first Eisteddfod for the dance section on September 20. Photo Laura McKee / The Observer Laura McKee

Jasmine finds her voice but dreams to jive again soon

WHEN Jasmine Barnes was told she couldn't dance at the Eisteddfod this year, she didn't think twice about entering in a different category.

The year 8 student from Gladstone State High was diagnosed with stage 5 osteochondritis dissecans in March, leaving her in a moon boot for three months.

It's a condition where cracks form in the articular cartilage and bones of the body. A loss of blood occurs and the bones die.

"The condition is rarer in girls than boys. It is often found in knees and elbows," mum Erin Barnes said.

A serious dancer for the past four years, Jasmine was understandably upset when she heard the news.

"I had to quit dancing at Evolve (formerly Ramptons Danzenergy Studio) where I did ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical," she said.

"But I love being on stage and I have always liked singing.

"We found a singing teacher straight away and now I am doing a vocal solo and duo in the Eisteddfod."

Although she hasn't chosen her songs, Jasmine said she was confident about entering for her first time.

"I always wanted to do the Eisteddfod but never got around to doing it," she said.

"I'm probably going to sing (an) Ed Sheeran (song)."

Jasmine will have ankle surgery in the next few months. After that, she should be able to dance again and work toward her dream of being a "triple threat".

"I just can't wait to run around again," she said.

"I want to act, sing and dance."

The 45th Gladstone City Eisteddfod is on September 3-25 at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre. Entry is free for the public.

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