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A night at the circus

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado
Hula-hooping sensation Getti displays incredible dexterity and balance.

Cirque d’Aspen returned to town from Dec. 28 to 30. For the third consecutive year, the Aspen Youth Center presented the popular production at the Aspen High School gym.

To keep the audience of all ages surprised and entertained, a new circus production company is brought in each year to present a unique show. The cast of international performers this year hailed from Mexico, Argentina, Mongolia, Russia, Bulgaria and the U.S.

“Many of our performers are fifth and sixth generation circus performers,” said AYC executive director Sarah Visnic. “They grow up in the circus. Some start their training around 2 years of age and then become a performer. The acts are passed down to the next generation and so on. Their lives are fascinating!”

Among the younger performers was Maximus Garcia who rode a motorcycle in the Ultimate Globe with his parents. Maximus holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest child to ride in the sphere when he was just 4 years old.

Cirque d’Aspen is the primary fund-raiser for the Youth Center, which was recently voted, “Aspen’s Best Nonprofit Organization.”

AYC is a non-profit drop-in youth center at the Aspen Recreation Center that serves over 1,000 valley youth each year in their after-school and outreach programs. Their mission is to provide a safe and supportive place for youth to connect, learn and grow. Open for 4th to twelfth graders, AYC provides a variety of programs, from homework help to culinary classes and sports activities, as well as, a newly developed high school evening program. For more information, visit http://www.aspenyouthcenter.org or call 544-4130.

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