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Monday, February 27, 2012

Circus comes to town: Playing the professionals


From: caseyweeklycranbourne.com.au

27 Feb, 2012

IT'S taken a few tumbles but six-year-old Cassius has already mastered many of the tricks of the circus trade."He's quite freakish," says his uncle and trainer, Gene West-Sooby. "He's probably about four years ahead of his age group. He's picking it up so quickly."
Welcome to life in the Stardust Circus where a troupe of acrobatic kids with a faultless circus pedigree are learning the tricks of the trade.
The 10 cousins, aged one to 12, are the great-grandchildren of circus legend Dolly Lennon, now in her 90s, whose own forebears started the circus in 1893.
Among them are Shae, 11, who does a double somersault off the springboard, and Shania, 12, who's achieved a somersault and a twist.
"My brother taught me when I was young," says West-Sooby. "He told me it was my turn to pass it on.
"They're kids. You've got to be patient. They can make the same mistake over and over again for a couple of months and then one day - bang, they've got it."
His own son, Satchin, is only two but has already started learning tricks. "We don't call it practice or they get sick of it - you've got to pretend it's just playing."
Stardust Circus is performing next to the Settlement Hotel, South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne, until March 4.

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