For many parents, the thought of their kid running away with the circus is scary, but not in Peru, Indiana, where the Peru Amateur Circus trains kids ages seven to 21 in the art of circus performance.
The Big Top training camp teaches tykes and teens everything from trapeze to tight-rope walking, and showcases students circus skills at the 49th Annual Circus City Festival, happening this year on July 12-19.
Spokesperson Sandy Ploss says the newbie performers are ring leaders for the next generation of circus acts.
She says, Were very proud of what the kids accomplish. They can do things some of the pros cant.
While some trainees go on to circus careers, Ploss says many use their training in regular jobs.
She says, We teach them things they can take to a workplace, and its cool to be able to put circus trained on your resume.
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