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Friday, March 23, 2012

Behind the scenes at the Cole Bros. circus in DeLand



BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN 
Passing the ‘barre’ — Members of the Cretu Family, from Romania, practice world-renown acrobatics and barre routines. 
By Jen Horton
BEACON STAFF WRITER
from: The Deland Beacon
Mar 22, 2012
The sky is a blue you can’t find anywhere else in the world, the early-morning springtime sun dances on new greenery, and two women are suspended between two palm trees.




You don’t realize you’re holding your breath, as 14-year-old Wendy Aguiar’s braid is hooked to Petya Milanova’s braid, and the two are lifted into the morning sky, until your breath rushes out in a big whoosh.


 
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BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN 
Hair-raising! — Wendy Aguiar, 14, and Petya Milanova practice hanging by their hair at the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars winter headquarters in DeLand. They are suspended from rigging strung between two palm trees. The 128th Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars has shows scheduled at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The event is being hosted by the DeLand Jaycees. Parking is free at the airport showgrounds off U.S. Highway 92 on the north side of DeLand. 
Yes, they are suspended from palm trees by their hair, as they practice for the launch of the Cole Bros. Circus 2012 season.




Chuck Werner, senior marketing director of Cole Bros. Circus, invited The Beacon to the circus winter headquarters in DeLand for a sneak peek at this year’s attractions.


The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars winter headquarters is off Old New York Avenue, just past the Amtrak station. There, dozens of performers limber up and practice death-defying feats in anticipation of opening to a full house on the DeLand Municipal Airport showgrounds March 24-25.
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