FOREST Lake's Ashleigh Pearce bends over backwards to entertain people.
After all, it's part of her job as a gymnastic performer and artist.
The 16-year-old is part of an ensemble of creative and talented young artists with a passion for circus, called Circa Zoo.
The program creates a contemporary art form drawn from traditional circus skills.
With more than 10 years of experience in gymnastics, Miss Pearce captivates audiences with amazing feats of balance and strength.
"I made the switch from gymnastics to circus performing so that I could use my skills more creatively," she said.
Swapping judges scores for audience applause, the Year 12 student has performed in many shows across Brisbane.
"My goal is to one day tour the world, performing with the International Circa ensemble," she said.
Miss Pearce was recently selected to take part in a unique workshop called the Merging Emerging Artist Program in Bathurst.
For 10 days she will live and work closely with a group of other emerging circus and physical theatre artists from across the country.
She will also work with prominent artists and directors in the industry and perform at the National Youth Circus and Physical Theatre Festival.
Miss Pearce said was excited to be a part of the program which begins on March 21.
"I'm really looking forward to learning new skills and meeting other talented people in the industry," she said.
As school captain of Forest Lake State High, Miss Pearce said the most difficult balancing act was juggling school life with her circus training.
"Managing everything can be hard, but I am determined to do well in both aspects of my life," she said.