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Friday, August 6, 2010

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Siblings Jonathon, Esthefany, and Indiana Pintado are fourth generation circus performers with the El Coloso De Las Americas Circo Osorio.
Circus teens love life under the big top

By Richie Ann Ashcraft Thursday, August 5, 2010
The Pintado children have learned to not only balance on the high wire — but also to balance life, school and dreams — on the road as circus performers.
Esthefany, 21, Indiana, 14, and Jonathon, 12, are fourth-generation circus performers who have performed their entire lives under the big top. The girls began learning balancing and high-wire acts at the age of just 5 years old.
“We’ve had to practice a long time to learn how to do it,” Esthefany said.
There are things they love and hate about life on the road. “It’s fun because we visit new places and countries, and we’ve made a lot of friends,” Indiana said.
But, at the same time, leaving new friends and moving to the next show is often hard. “We have to keep working every day, practice, and some of our friends and family we haven’t seen in a long time,” Esthefany said. In particular, she misses her grandparents, whom she hasn’t seen for the past 7 years while her family has been in the United States traveling with the El Coloso De Las Americas Circo Osorio.
“We haven’t seen them and that’s the hard part,” she said.
Being a circus kid is an unusual way to grow up, Jonathon said. His lifestyle attracts a lot of attention from his friends at school. “They always ask a lot of questions about it — I like it,” agreed Indiana.
The children have traveled all over the world, in Columbia, Peru, Argentina, and Venezuela to name a few countries they’ve seen. They can’t imagine living any other way. “It’s just what our family does,” Esthefany said.
The circus performs countless shows eight months out of the year beginning in March and ending in October. So far this year, the show has been to Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, and Colorado.
There will be two performances Thursday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. Shows begin at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5.

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