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Studying Circus Arts

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By Bekah Wright

Published Apr 1, 2012 8:00 AM


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Photo by Mari Provencher.

Flying through the air with the greatest of ease—that's where journalist Rick Andreoli '95 found himself four years ago while reporting on Cirque School LA (www.cirqueschoolla.com). From the moment he hit the trapeze, Andreoli was hooked. "I was all janky legs and flexed feet," he recalls of his first class with school owner and former Cirque du Soleil performer Aloysia Gavre. "But I had this great sense of accomplishment; I felt good about life when I was there."

Andreoli became a fixture at Cirque School, taking classes, performing in shows and eventually enrolling in the teacher-training program. "Beginning students and I really get along," he says. "Not so long ago, I was a beginner, too."

The Hollywood-based school covers a wide range of circus arts as well, with dozens of classes every week taught by working circus performers. And for those who fear the time for chasing their aerial arts dreams has passed, Andreoli says it's never too late. "It's not about tricks or big drops; it's about the character, fun, energy and excitement you bring to it," he says.

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