Live Oak —
Three local girls will be twirling during the halftime show at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2, which will be aired on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. The group of girls performing are participants of local business Twirling by Kary, a class that teaches students the art of twirling.
Twirling by Kary proprietor Kary Black, a graduate of Florida State University, twirled during her college years at football games while obtaining a degree in English. By her senior year, Black had worked her way up to leadership and assisted in creating the routine.
“I actually attended the Sugar Bowl when I was in school,” Black said. Black also performed twice at the Orange Bowl.
Black said she sent bowl officials a video of the girls twirling. The officials then picked three participants: Kaylin Kirk, 16, of Mayo; Katie Johnson, 19, of Perry; and Camdyn Hurst, 10, of Live Oak to perform during this year’s halftime show.
Kirk has been Black’s student for one year; Johnson for four years; and Hurst for two years.
When Black returned to Live Oak, she taught twirling in private lessons. Black said she had so many private lessons, that she soon had to switch from one-on-one lessons to class sessions. In 2010, Twirling by Kary was established.
The group performs at several local events including the Pioneer Day parade in Mayo, the Live Oak Christmas parade, the Suwannee County Fair and two football games.
“I’m really excited for them. This will be on TV and they will be right on the 50 yard line, so this will be something they will always remember,” Black said.
Black said the girls participating in the halftime show will also receive a performing arts credit, equal to taking a performance art class at the high school.
The matchup on the field will be between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners. Kickoff is set at 8:30 p.m.
The group left for Louisiana on Dec. 30, and will return Friday. Black said while they are in the Cajun State, they plan to take a river boat cruise, attend a New year’s Eve party and do some sight-seeing.