Meet Finalist Trifecta (Getting to Know the 2022 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Trifecta (Getting to Know the 2022 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Names: (pictured left to right) Dennis Bailey, Ethan Ryan, and Eliot Bailey

School: Homeschool

Talent: Partner Acrobatics

How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start?
Dennis: I have been performing for 9 1/2 years.  I was impressed by the St. Louis Arches whenever I saw them perform at Circus Flora and years later I became a member of the St. Louis Arches.

Ethan: I started circus in 2015 when Circus Harmony did a performance at my library.

Eliot: I started circus in 2012. Going to the circus inspired me to join it.

How are you preparing for finals? Are you doing anything differently from your usual practices?

Dennis: My partners and I are practicing as much as we can and when we are not practicing I am conditioning to build muscle strength and endurance for when performing on the Fox Stage.

Ethan: I am practicing more.

Eliot: I am not practicing any differently, but I am practicing way more.

What will performing on the Fox stage mean to you?

Dennis: It will mean a lot.  It is not something that I thought I would ever do, but this is something I am looking forward to doing.  And the prize of being a finalist is performing on the Fox stage in front of a live audience.

Ethan: I don’t even know man.  It will just be a cool experience!

Eliot: It will mean a lot because I have going there since I  was a kid.

Is there someone you look up to and draw influence from for your talent?

Dennis: There is no one in particular that I look up to, but I do draw influence from my peers and other performers.

Ethan: Different body builders.

Eliot: My teammates in the St. Louis Arches.

What has been the highlight of your performance career?

Dennis: Performing at Circus Flora and now performing on the Fox Stage.

Ethan: Going to New York and performing in Wonderama.

Eliot: Performing at Circus Flora.

What do you hope to learn from your experience?

Dennis: How to work with a non-circus production team.

Ethan: I feel like participating in the Finals will make performing easier, because it will be the biggest stage I have performed on so far.

Eliot: I hope to become a better performer.

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