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Thursday, February 27, 2014

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DAZZLING: Dakota Weber and her sister Wonita Weber, with Wonita’s son River Matousek, 3, getting in on the act at Weber’s Circus. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
from: dailyexaminer.com.au
Have your say »  Kate Matthews  
27th Feb 2014
THE big top is up at the Grafton Showground which can only mean one thing: the circus is in town.

Opening Thursday from 7pm, Webers Circus will dazzle audiences of all ages with a fast-paced mix of acrobatics, stunts, and amazing costumes.

Seventh-generation circus entertainer Wonita Weber is one of three sisters who performs in the show.

Even though she practises for up to four-and-a-half hours each week for her aerial act, Wonita says it can still be a little nerve-wracking.

So far though, she's been lucky and hasn't had any serious injuries.

"I'm the only girl in Australia who is practising a triple somersault and will be adding this to the show in a couple of months," she said.

Her two sons, three-year-old River and Dash, 18 months, may also make a guest appearance.

"Dash is the funniest clown and he steals the show every time," Wonita said.

The theme of the show is A Touch of South America and features salsa dancing, breath-taking acts of bravery including the wheel of death and the Russian Swing, as well as performing dogs and ponies.

Webers Circus is owned and managed by Natalie and Rudy Weber.

A team of 25 performers and support crew spend up to 48 weeks of the year on the road, and have taken their show around Australia since 2007.


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