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Saturday, July 3, 2010

FAMILY FUN AT CIRCUS SARASOTA

Twelve-year-old juggler Ty Tojo looks like he was born to perform.
COURTESY / CIRCUS SARASOTA
Family fun at Circus Sarasota
By Jay Handelman
Published: Friday, July 2, 2010.

Circus Sarasota is building a new summer tradition with the annual shows it produces with the Ringling Museum at the Historic Asolo Theater.
This year's show, "Circus, Cirque, Circo: A Family Tradition," lives up to its title with an generations of family connections to the circus.
The hour-long show is just right for family audiences, particularly because of the performances of some young stand-outs.
For example, 11-year-old Alex Perez makes his Rolla Bolla balancing act look almost simple. He balances a board on rollers, stands on it and pulls hoops up his legs and over his body. By the end, he raises the stakes by putting even more rollers on the table.
The show's real stand-out is the closing act of 12-year-old juggler Ty Tojo, who looks like he was born to his act. He moves with grace, speed and a look of personal joy, as he juggles up to five balls over his head, around his back and through his legs in well-choreographed moves to recorded music. He also plays around with a large robotic head attached to a pole that he balances on his forehead.
Chiara Anastasini, representing the ninth generation of a circus family, barely looks like she's moving as she spins an increasing number of hula hoops around her waist, legs and wrist.
The Dancing Gauchos get the show off to a lively and loud start, banging on drums and spinning Boleadoras (ropes with small balls at the end), including a brief segment in blacklight that makes the rope look like a giant fan.

read more at: http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20107021013

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