Triton Troupers Circus 2014


The last few weeks and months of my life have been full of circus and glitter. And what a life! This has been my 4th year performing at the Triton Troupers Circus at Triton College, but some of my circus friends have been part of the troupe for 15 years or even more. So anyway, here are some of the pictures from show week, and video links are down at the bottom. Enjoy!

The 'Dirty Dancing' signature move.

My double stunts partner and I doing our individual routine!Looking particularly bendy.
Our 1940s themed silks act! Dress rehearsal and practicing on Spanish Web

Missed the show? Watch some videos on Youtube!

 

Photos courtesy of Steve Hersee, and others.

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Triton Troupers Circus 2013


It’s been a rather long time since I’ve posted anything, oops! It’s been a busy month, finishing my internship at the Kohl Children’s Museum, performing in the 42nd Annual Triton Troupers Circus, and starting a new job as a ‘Travel Consultant’ a few days later. It seems I’m still catching up.

As is normal after the ‘circus season’ is over, I’m in withdrawal and reliving the memories through pictures and videos. Here are some pictures from the show.

Double stunts partners!

Double stunts partners!

Silks

Silks

Web

Web

Chairs

Chairs

Ringside during the tightwire act.

Ringside during the tightwire act.

Hanging out after the show!

Hanging out after the show!

Silks

Silks

My silks girls

My silks girls

The web girls

The web girls

Chairs

Chairs

Photos courtesy of Steve Hersee and Robert Sendra.

CouchSurfing’s Greatest Show on Earth!


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Hey CouchSurfers, have you ever considered running away with the circus?
The Circus Open House is a one night event where you can have the opportunity to try your hand at circus skills like trapeze and juggling!
Circus performers will be volunteering their time to teach you a little of what they do.
You can learn ground skills including juggling, poi and two person stunts, or try out aerials like trapeze, hoop, and silks.
Come out and give it a try!


The Most Awesome CS Events


http://www.couchsurfing.org/news/article/78

Rachel Smith might have not become so hooked on CouchSurfing if her first experience hadn’t been a really magnetic event.

“What catapulted me into the CS community was a Chicago museum day with travelers and other locals like me. That led me to becoming more involved, and finally to volunteering for CS.”

What are her favorite CS events to this day? Below, she lists her top 5, and tells us what was so awesome about each one of them.

My top 5 CS events (in no special order):

1. Cookie Party

The most creative and indulgent CS event I’ve ever been to was a holiday cookie party. At a CouchSurfer’s apartment, we made and shared Christmas cookies. I brought my own recipe — special apple spice! Later, we played some intense rounds of Wii bowling. What a night!

2. Circus Open House

Since circus arts are both a hobby and a part-time job, I decided to host an open house to teach these skills to CouchSurfers. My talented friends volunteered to help for an evening, and everyone had fun juggling, swinging on the trapeze, and hanging upside-down in the air. Lesson learned: CouchSurfers are willing to try anything!

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CouchSurfer hangs upside down at Rachel’s Circus Open House
3. Museum Day and Picnic

The first event I ever attended was a Chicago museum trip. We visited the Museum of Science and Industry and had a picnic by the lake. The adventurous ones even went swimming, but a violent storm caught us by surprise and forced us to take shelter in a local bar where we waited out the storm over a few pitchers of beer.

Tea drinkers inside Special Edna

A great day in Chicago – Rachel Smith is the smiley girl in red.

4.  St Louis City Museum

Visiting the City Museum was part of the St Louis Couch Crash, but it was by far the best part of it. The museum is like a giant playground for grown-ups and kids alike, made out of reclaimed building materials from the city. The best way to get to know a group of CouchSurfers is to do an activity with them, and we had fun climbing through caves and airplanes and going down the stories-high slide.

5. Chicago Couch Crash

With all the creative minds in this city, the Chicago Couch Crash turned out quite spectacular. There were visits to the museum, comedy shows, a fire performance on the beach, an arena concert, a board game night for those who didn’t wish to party, and a huge bonfire barbecue for those who did. Chicago has more to offer than I imagined, and I grew up here!

Circus Stuff – Hanging by my ankle


So, I don’t want to ruin the big surprise, but I finally know what I’ll be performing in the circus (5 weeks away!). I’ll be doing ‘cloud swing’ in the short opening act, and the web rope act. I took a video of myself on the web tonight, tying my foot in for the first time. It was scary but also amazing, and I love the feeling of accomplishing something new! Ah, but it kills my ankle…

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10100099891164120

Just to reiterate, here are dates for the show: Circus flyer