BIG DAY: Gianna Carnovale and Matilda Old, at the Biloela Eisteddfod, are pumped for the Gladstone event.
BIG DAY: Gianna Carnovale and Matilda Old, at the Biloela Eisteddfod, are pumped for the Gladstone event.

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TODAY is the day young performers, their parents and teachers have been preparing for all year: Gladstone City Eisteddfod.

First off the rank will be the dancers, including Matilda Old, 9, who is competing in nine dance sections, including solo, trio and group dances.

Matilda said she was most excited about her contemporary solo.

"I like that one because it has a lot of feeling in and I really like the costume," Matilda said.

"It's a pretty aqua and it has sequins on the top and a skirt that is long and flowy."

And her mum, Shelley, has been busy learning the tricks of the "dance mum" trade too, including learning to braid hair and pick red lipsticks.

Shelley said Matilda was her only child who loved to dance.

This will be their third Gladstone City Eisteddfod.

"Being a soccer mum is so much less complicated than being a dance mum," she joked.

From the reverse braid to selecting red lipsticks, Shelley said it was a huge learning curve.

"Lucky I am a fast learner," she said.

"My dance-mum make-up kit now features dozens of red lipsticks, just in case, along with back-up tights, bobby pins, safety pins, combs, brushes, needle and thread, scissors and my trusty leatherman."



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