Hornsby cir­cus troupe hits big time

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Dan­gling through the air on silk ropes has be­come sec­ond na­ture to phar­ma­cist Ni­cole Cer­ruto. She’s one of five cir­cus per­form­ers from the area who’ve just last month been se­lected to per­form at the Aus­tralian Cir­cus Fes­ti­val later this year.

“I've been train­ing for about a year,” said Ni­cole, 29, from Waitara and works in a hos­pi­tal pharmacy. “I train up to five hours a week, and en­joy the fun chal­lenge that the aerial arts pro­vide - be­ing able to scale new heights and share my pas­sion with an au­di­ence.”

Ni­cole and the four other cir­cus artists are mem­bers of Cir­cus Akimbo, a com­mu­nity cir­cus school in Hornsby. “We pride our­selves on help­ing or­di­nary peo­ple achieve ex­tra­or­di­nary things,” says head trainer Claire Rein­cas­tle.

“Our com­peti­tors are not full-time elite ath­letes – apart from Ni­cole, our other fi­nal­ists in­clude Edie who’s an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant, Ian a phys­io­ther­a­pist and two teengers who are still at school.

“They’ve all worked re­ally hard to earn this op­por­tu­nity and we’re in­cred­i­bly proud of them and their skills with var­i­ous equip­ment in­clud­ing hula hoops, Ger­man wheel and flag poi.”

The Aus­tralian Cir­cus Fes­ti­val in western Syd­ney, is a na­tional meet­ing point for cir­cus per­form­ers, teach­ers and stu­dents to come to­gether for work­shops, fo­rums and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. “A high­light is the com­pe­ti­tion for en­trants to per­form in front of a jury of highly re­spected in­dus­try mem­bers and peers. Com­peti­tors this year in­clude a cur­rent Cirque du Soleil soloist, mem­bers of We­ber’s Cir­cus and cir­cus stu­dents from all over the world.”

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line to at­tend the shows to sup­port these lo­cal com­peti­tors, or fol­low their jour­ney through so­cial me­dia on the Cir­cus Akimbo Face­book page.

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