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Cirque du Soleil open audition

Good news.

Cirque is again running their open audition in Vegas, September 26th, 2014.

Cirque audition


If you think you’ve got what it takes to work for Cirque du Soleil, start training for that audition now. You want to be at your very best that day.

SWING GAME – Swing Jumping

Looks like fun.

SWING GAME – Swing Jumping World Championships 24.7.2014 in Kotka, Finland


Click PLAY or watch some 2013 highlights on YouTube.

(via Thomas Trapp)

Amaluna, Boston

I’ll be seeing the late show Saturday. My 3rd Cirque performance in the last 10 days. :-)



lacking confidence = increased risk of injury

47 athletes training for Cirque du Soleil were studied:

injury, emotional exhaustion, self-efficacy and fatigue were associated with an increase in injury risk (risk ratios between 1.8 and 2.8), but Conflicts/Pressure was not (risk ratio=0.8). Of the several specific psychological aspects that are considered risk factors for injury, low self-efficacy had the strongest relationship. …

British Journal of Sports Medicine – Psychological predictors of injuries in circus artists: an exploratory study

What’s “low self-efficacy“, the factor that correlated highest with injury?

GRETCHEN REYNOLDS in the New York Times explains:

Hoping to discern what traits separated the injury-prone from the impervious, Dr. Hallé and colleagues from McGill University in Montreal compared data from the athletes’ psychological questionnaires with their medical charts. What they found was that a person’s level of confidence could significantly affect his or her risk of sustaining an injury. …

What the Circus Can Teach Us About Sports Injuries

Lesson for coaches = coach for confidence. That means more successful progressions, more repetition and less spotting.

Dr. Hallé:

“Watch someone who is really good” at a task, whether it’s a twisting somersault from a trapeze platform or a 5K road race, and “notice each step that they take.”

… Every activity involves a series of discrete, manageable skills that you can practice individually, she said. “Succeeding at a portion of the task will show you that you have the capacity to succeed at the rest.” …


(via Stacy Clark)

life at Cirque du Soleil

Mastering the impossible.

Click PLAY or watch Artist and Coach | Episode 6 on YouTube.

If you like that, work backwards through previous episodes in this series.

Grand Tour : Discover Cirque du Soleil Headquarters | Mastering the impossible | Episode 1

Artists integration at Cirque du Soleil | Mastering the impossible | Episode 2

Creative process at Cirque du Soleil | Mastering the impossible | Episode 3

The Grid | Mastering the impossible | Episode 4

Costumes | Mastering the impossible | Episode 5

Michael Jackson ONE – B-Roll

Cirque’s not yet put up much video from the newest MJ show. Here are some short clips from different acts.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (11min)

If you love dance, you’d love this show.

official website – Michael Jackson ONE

related – How Michael Jackson Earned Over $700 Million Since His Death

circus H Bar / Air Floor act

(via Debbie Broderick Rodriguez)

tiny circus handstand


Michael Jackson – One

Cirque’s Stacy Clark took me last night to the new (to me) Michael Jackson show.

It’s terrific.

Dark. Complex. Gritty. Very dance intensive but with some great acrobatics. Best Tramp wall ever. Awesome slackline. Air Floor.

Click PLAY or watch a teaser on YouTube.

Stacy was in Vegas presenting to GymCon 2014. Cirque du Soleil one of the Congress sponsors.

LOVE the Beatles

Attendees of GymCon saw Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE last night. Some also took in a back stage tour yesterday afternoon. Very cool.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

My favourite Cirque show, overall. This must be my 15th visit to the LOVE stage. :-)

year end Gymnastics show

For Team and the Recreation kids.

Coach Evan Brake put together an excellent edit of the 2014 Saltos Gymnastics kids.

Aaron Hakala – exercise ball

Skills taking off from an exercise ball are risky. Be careful, Aaron.

InspiriProductions – Art of Gymnastics

gymnasts and artists from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France, Belgium and Hungary … The basketball dunks are performed by the awesome stunt team called Lords of Gravity from Hungary.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Hal. Thanks Debbie.