Maryborough's got talent

Daniel O'Brien (balancing) and acrobatic dance troup Circotic impressed judges on Australia's Got Talent.
Daniel O'Brien (balancing) and acrobatic dance troup Circotic impressed judges on Australia's Got Talent. Shannan Boh Photography

A MARYBOROUGH teen wowed the judges on Australia's Got Talent this week, with a fast-paced acrobatic performance in circus troupe Circotic.

Former Aldridge State High student Daniel O'Brien, 19, moved to Melbourne last year to study at the National Institute for Circus Arts - an unusual career move for the gymnastics fanatic.

After meeting fellow gymnastics and dance fans at NICA, he joined the group called Circotic - billed as "a collaboration of artists from different disciplines, united to showcase a unique fusion of circus and contemporary dance".

The seven-strong team put together an incredible routine featuring backflips, splits and high-flying acrobatics set to an electronic soundtrack.

Despite a slight misstep when one of the dancers dropped his partner after an airborne move, the judges were amazed by the group's performance skills on Monday night.

Circotic was roundly applauded by the judges, and got a full house of three yes votes to progress to the next stage of the competition.

Daniel's sister Rachael Reimers said his family in Maryborough was delighted with his success.

"He studied gymnastics at school, and specialised in hand-stands and straps," Mrs Reimer said.

"He's quite reserved but he just loves performing."

She said Daniel was in the second year of a three-year Bachelor of Circus Arts, which is the highest level of accredited circus training in Australia.

The degree teaches skills from the basics of tumbling and balance, to aerial performance, acting, dance, anatomy and the history of circus.

"We're all so proud of him, and we hope he will get through - it's up to the judges now," Mrs Reimer said.

Topics:  australia's got talent circus entertainment maryborough tv tv show

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Byron Shire News Community Calendar

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Byron Bay High School will, for the first time in the school's history have 2 teams qualify for the State Basketball Championships. Both the boys and girls U15s have made it into the final 8 of the NSW CHS competition. The teams will leave next Tuesday for Terrigal and will play November 2 and 3 at the Championships. "The School is extremely proud of the efforts of these two teams, their sportsmanship and conduct has been outstanding and they are great ambassadors for our school,” said Principal Peter King.

This week's Byron Shire News Community Calendar.

An intimate, honest performance with Renee Simone

SHE IS BACK: Miss Renee Simone will play Mullum Music Festival this year.

At Mullum Music Festival next month

Top 5 events at Tropical Fruits 2016

IT'S ON: Tropical Fruits Festival over New Years.

Festival guide hits the streets this weekend

Local Partners

EDITORIAL: Spinning the roulette wheel of politics for fun, fame and profit

I used to think the world was full of a bunch of stuff, some good and some bad, that came at you in no particular order.

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

The Superjesus: Back with Love and Violence

DOWN AGAIN: The Superjesus are Paul Berryman on drums, Sarah McLeod on lead vocals and Stuart Rudd on bass guitar.

The Superjesus are back after 13 years

Jethro Tull is back to Bluesfest

ICONIC: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull at Bluesfest 2011.

Jethro Tull returns to Bluesfest next April

Tom Cruise credits success to Scientology

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise credits his success to Scientology

Hacksaw Ridge leads AACTA Awards nominations

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

MEL Gibson's wartime drama opens in cinemas next week.

Top 5 events at Tropical Fruits 2016

IT'S ON: Tropical Fruits Festival over New Years.

Festival guide hits the streets this weekend

ABBA to reunite for virtual live experience


ABBA have confirmed they are to reunite - in virtual reality form

Hugh Laurie receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Paul Capsis set to bring the music to Tropical Fruits

HIT: Paul Capsis accepts his award for Best Performance in an Australian Contemporary Concert at the 6th Annual Helpmann Awards in Sydney, Monday, July, 31, 2006.

With a show called Addicted to the Nightlife

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals