Tugun teen to take on champs
TUGUN teen Bayley Jacobsen will compete for the title of Australia’s best street performer on the Gold Coast this weekend.
The 13-year-old will go head-to-head against the best jugglers, acrobats, musicians and magicians from across Australia and the world in the Australian Street Entertainment Championships.
Bayley, who has been singing and studying music from a young age and has competed in a handful of eisteddfods, concerts and musicals, will put her live performance to the ultimate test when she takes to the stage along with some of the best street performers on offer.
She has also been spending some time in the studio recording her own music and has experimented with country, pop and musical theatre.
The Australian Street Entertainment Championships, an initiative of the Surfers Paradise Alliance, has cemented its place as Australia’s top open-air showcase of street talent.
Afterwards, the Step Up Surfers Paradise dance competition will put dancers of all ages and genres on show.
More than 300,000 people are expected to soak up the entertainment on offer in the heart of the Gold Coast over the Easter long weekend.
The ASEC will this year include some new additions, such as a nightly show, a new competition structure with three main stages and roving performers.
Two smaller stages will showcase rising stars of street entertainment.
Spectators can vote for their favourite amateur act in the Viewer’s Choice Award, which will be presented at the Grand Finale on Monday.
Dancers of all disciplines, from hip-hop and break-dancing to Latin and jazz, will take the limelight next Tuesday and Wednesday, battling it out for the Step Up Surfers Paradise title.
The dance extravaganza will be held in the Pavilion Marquee at Surfers Paradise Beach, extending the Easter excitement well into the school holidays.
To register for the Australia Street Entertainment Championships or Step Up or for more information about the events, visit surfersparadise.com.