New Zealand Tap Dancer Continues To Shine On AGT With “Shape Of You” Performance

New Zealand Tap Dancer Continues To Shine On AGT With “Shape Of You” Performance

Meet the New Zealand tap dancer who continues to shine on America’s Got Talent with his performance to Ed Sheeran’s song “Shape of You.” With a desire to make his living by tap dancing, and 16 years of practice already, Bayley Graham is on his way! 

Tap dancing is not the most modern form of dance, and pop songs are not typically the songs to which one tap dances. But, Bayley Graham has an updated vision of the art form, which is believed to have first been practiced in the mid-1800s. With his implementation of lights and a staircase, Bayley adds something truly unique to his already impressive dance skills!

Outfitted in all white, Bayley has a friendly personality. He greets the audience and seems quite comfortable on stage. He approaches the stairs, six up and six down on the other side. The steps and the backdrop are lit in orange and turquoise, adding pizzazz to the performance. It is a feast for the senses!

Bayley moves rhythmically up and down the steps, tapping, jumping, and skipping steps along the way. The footwork and athleticism are remarkable! Midday through the 2-minute performance, Bayley asks the audience to clap. 

The lights go out, and he then does a tap dance from the floor. However, he is flanked electronically by two more “Bayleys.” One ‘Bayley’ dances in an orange silhouette on the right, and the other is on the left in blue. The visual effect is incredible!

He pauses, and the lights return. Bayley is again alone on stage. He finishes on the ground before ascending back up the steps to land his final tap at the top. He smiles and laughs, surely feeling like he might just be at the top, figuratively. 

We don’t get to see how the judges and the audience voted on Bayley’s performance here, but this 22-year-old New Zealander certainly has a bright future ahead—on or off of America’s Got Talent. Well done, Bayley!   

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

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