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Thursday, February 23, 2012


Circus big top pitches up at the Reebok

from: theboltonnews.co.uk

Thursday 23rd February 2012

FOR more than 60 years, The Netherlands National Circus has travelled around Europe, wowing audiences with daredevil stunts, amazing skills and impressive acts.
This week, the circus has been entertaining Bolton people, after pitching the Big Top at the Reebok Stadium.
From its beginning in Holland, in 1948, the circus has attracted stars from all over the world, and today’s show includes performances from a Romanian springboard troupe, a Portuguese clown, the Spanish Jackson family, an Australian This year, for the first time, the circus — which does not use animal performers — will remain in the UK, with a new show that organisers claim is one of the best yet. During the two-hour performance, clown Angelo Chavez keeps the crowd entertained, while 25 performers demonstrate juggling, the trapeze, acrobatics, magic, the springboard and other complex skills.
Most acts have grown up in the circus, learning their skills from a very young age. There are eight children in the circus, who attend a flexible web-based school via video link, which is tailored around performance times and travelling.
Desiree Chavez performs a handbalancing act that she started to learn when she was just a toddler.
The 17-year-old said the easiest way to learn circus skills is to start as a child, otherwise it takes dedication and hours of practice.
She said: “The best part is when the crowds are here and they are all cheering.
“I love being in the circus and travelling to new places and meeting new people.”After performing in Scarborough for a week, the circus came to Bolton for 12 performances, and on Sunday it will travel to Leeds.For tickets and information visit netherlandscircus.eu.

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